|The station parking lot.|
|That guy on the tracks was also taking pictures of the station! Sir, if you're reading this...hi!|
|The station...from above. Well, from on the mini-high, anyway.|
|The mini-high (this one is courtesy of my friend Nathan's phone again).|
|This station is so picturesque!|
Ridership: It's a local Needham Line station, so you can't really expect much. Highland gets 290 inbound riders per weekday, making it the second least-used station on the line after Bellevue. The ridership it does get must come from pretty close by, considering how close Highland is to its neighboring stations.
Pros: Oh man, it's just a beautiful station. It feels incredibly tranquil, and it also offers a great amount of parking. The shelter is generic, but it ultimately gets the job done without the station losing too much character.
Cons: As usual, the mini-high really needs a bench on it. Other than that, I think the Needham Line could definitely implement some flag stops middays and weekends. This station doesn't get too much ridership, and it seems like a waste of time to stop if no one's waiting.
Nearby and Noteworthy: You'll find lots o' businesses if you walk the one block to Centre Street, although I have no idea how "noteworthy" they actually are.
Final Verdict: 8/10
That 8 is mainly for the sheer tranquility and character of Highland. Yes, it's a typical Needham Line station, but man, it's just so nice here! Plus the station offers a good amount of parking, and it's good functionally; the walk from the shelter to the mini-high isn't terrible. And yes, the mini-high may be the standard, but it does its job fine, I guess.
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