|Did I mention this was a night review? Don't expect the best pictures...|
|This is a rugged bike rack...|
|Looking down the inbound platform. Sorry guys, this was the best I could do...|
|The boarding area.|
|The station parking lot.|
|Goodbye, blurry beast...|
Ridership: Okay, it's the Fitchburg Line, so you can't expect anything too high...Lincoln gets 391 inbound riders per weekday. Of course, it was empty when Nathan and I were here, it being night and all.
Pros: Lincoln has a good amount of parking, double that of neighboring Concord. Its outbound platform is functional considering barely anyone would ever use it, while the building on the inbound side is charming. Although the inbound platform requires crossing the main line to board, at least it's the "safest" station to do it.
Cons: Well, number one is the honor box, which is ridiculously antiquated and needs to go. More important, though, is that the inbound platform really needs more seating and some sort of shelter - it has a good amount of amenities, but they forgot the dang shelter! Maybe they could just stick a (I can't believe I'm saying this) bus shelter over by the boarding area to make operations more streamlined. Actually, why are there two platforms in the first place? Consolidation would be really simple...
Nearby and Noteworthy: There's nothing too special near here: a post office, a supermarket, a bank, and...an art gallery? Okay, that's pretty cool.
Final Verdict: 5/10
Yeah, it's functional, but Lincoln is quite far from perfect. Honestly, changing that honor box would raise the score to at least a 6, and that's not a hard fix! That inbound platform is kind of a mess, though, and putting some sort of shelter with seating near the boarding area would be great (but probably not something the MBTA is willing to do). But crossing the outbound track is something that flat-out can't be fixed unless they build another platform, so...sorry, Lincoln...
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