|This happened to be the first thing I saw when I got off here.|
|Ah! Now we're talking!|
|The ticket concourse.|
|GOOD THING THIS PICTURE IS OUT OF FOCUS TO TRULY SHOWCASE THE BEAUTIFUL WAITING ROOM.|
|The first of two cafés.|
|The other café.|
|Ah, the main attraction.|
|The parking lot elevator.|
|The view of the highway.|
|The station's footbridge.|
|A Commuter Rail train!|
|A Northeast Regional train!|
|An Acela train!|
Ridership: This station doesn't actually get too much ridership on the Commuter Rail side of things, relative to the rest of the Providence Line: 853 inbound riders per day. Still, that's pretty good for the Commuter Rail. For Amtrak, however, the station gets 444,670 riders per year, or about 1,218 riders per day. Yes, Amtrak actually gets more ridership than Commuter Rail here!
Pros: Parts of this station really feel like an airport - I wasn't expecting it to have so many amenities! Both waiting rooms are great, as are both cafés. Finally, this station has a huge amount of parking, and as its name suggests, is right off of Route 128 for easy access.
Cons: I have a few very small cons with this station. Firstly, there's that destination board, which is just annoying - if only it could show Commuter Rail trains, too. Also, the maps on the platform are out of date. These are pretty small issues, but issues regardless.
Nearby and Noteworthy: If you like huge expanses of development, then University Ave is for you! You'll find lots of malls along there.
Final Verdict: 10/10
Route 128 is about as near-perfect as a Commuter Rail station can be, though there's no denying that it has a few problems. But still...what other Commuter Rail station has airport-style seating? Or free Wi-Fi? Or two cafés, one of which is open seven days a week? Yes, Route 128 may not be a perfect station, but it's definitely one of the best on the Commuter Rail.
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