|The trip here was impromptu, so I didn't have my camera. Thus, all of the photos are courtesy of my friend Shuvom's phone.|
|The stark outbound platform.|
|The inbound side with its building.|
|Oh hey, it's the Greenbush locomotive! This train ran express straight through the station.|
Ridership: I'll admit, this place does get a lot of ridership. I think the quick ride from here to Boston (13 minutes) is what attracts so many commuters - 819 per weekday, to be exact. Even in the evening rush when I was here, there were still a few locals heading into the city.
Pros: Well, the quick ride is the main pro. This is a dense area with no other rail transit, and the 13 minute ride to Boston is better than the 94, 95, or even the express 326 (the buses that serve West Medford).
Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE. The low-level platform, the lack of parking, the disgustingly dingy building...you can basically name anything about this station and it will most likely be bad.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are a good amount of businesses along High Street, and a few of its restaurants look intriguing.
Final Verdict: 2/10
The fact that commuters can get a fast ride from here to Boston is a wonderful thing. But the station they have to use is anything but wonderful. I mean, at least give it a mini-high for accessibility! That step up to the train is huge! Oh, and I forgot to mention that inbound trains stick out onto the level crossing, which seems to have a...person? Yeah, there was a guy who seemed to be doing SOMEthing related to that crossing, and I think he was residing in the "crossing shack" right next to it. Poor dude...he has to hang out at this awful station all day.
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