|WELL...NO, NOT REALLY.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|It's from the town common, but here's the building.|
|The inside of the building.|
|This is station parking, huh?|
|One of the station's footbridges.|
|A little plaza.|
|Here's a Commuter Rail train, but no one cares about that. Here's the main attraction (with my friend Harry also filming the train):|
Ridership: So. Much. Ridership. Mansfield is the second-busiest station on the Providence Line, and the fifth-busiest on the whole Commuter Rail, with 1,707 inbound riders per weekday. Considering that Mansfield is a pretty small-ish town, I think many of those people drive in from elsewhere and park in the huge lot(s).
Pros: I would say that everything in the general vicinity of the building can be considered "good." The building, of course, is great and convenient, and it provides sheltered seating outside as well as inside. Also, I like how the small lot next to it is for residents only, since a lot of people probably drive in from other towns. The parking amounts to 806 spaces in total, which is huge, while the GATRA runs a fine route here (although it lacks signage). Oh, and you haven't experienced Mansfield until you've witness an Acela go by. It's incredible.
Cons: Basically, everything at this station that's not around the building. The platforms are decrepit for the most part, and don't even get me started on the mini-highs - that's a safety hazard right there. Also, the main parking lot is a huge mess, and really should be repaved.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Mansfield isn't the biggest town in Massachusetts, but there are definitely a good amount of businesses and restaurants close to the station.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Oof, this is tough. There's a lot to like about Mansfield, but the mini-high truly threatens the safety of this station's passengers with its loose wood planks, especially considering that Acelas speed through here several times per day. That said, the Acelas are really awesome... Honestly, this station really deserves a 5, but I'll throw in an extra point for that high-speed action.
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