|Some of the parking at the terminal.|
|The shelter for the Portland METRO.|
|Part of the huge waiting area.|
|The other side of the waiting area.|
|The bus boarding area.|
|The station's walkway.|
|The Amtrak platform.|
|A train coming into the station.|
Ridership: Ridership here for Amtrak has gone down since 2012, unfortunately, but the station still gets an average of 354 riders per day. Considering the Downeaster is five trips per day, that's pretty good - about 70 people per train. As for Concord Coach Lines, they don't seem to release ridership data, but I'm sure they get lots of people on their hourly departures from here.
Pros: There's a bunch to love about this station! It has lots of parking, lots of waiting space, and lots of amenities. I also love how connected it is - one could take the Downeaster up here, then instantly hop on a bus to head further north.
Cons: The station is a bit out of the way from downtown, although the 1 is frequent enough Mondays-Saturdays to ease the distance (Sundays are a different story, though). Other than that, it would be nice to have departure boards in the waiting area, although it's not completely necessary.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Portland is a really cool city, arguably one of the coolest in New England. All of its businesses are frequented and the downtown is busy, and yet it also feels quite laid-back. The seaside atmosphere is great, too.
Final Verdict: 9/10
This is a really good interconnected terminal. Although it's kinda far from downtown, it makes up for it with lots of amenities, parking, and waiting space. Plus, the 1 is usually reliable, and you get a free transfer to it when you're on the Downeaster, anyway. This is how an intermodal hub should be done.
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