|One of the station's parking lots.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|An express train speeding through.|
|The local coming in.|
Ridership: Well, you can't say Swampscott doesn't get high ridership! On the average weekday, it gets 884 riders, making it the 26th-busiest station on the Commuter Rail. It's interesting to note how few of those people drive here - it's a dense neighborhood!
Pros: I know the station is called "Swampscott", but it's in a good location to also (and perhaps mainly) serve transit-dependent East Lynn. It offers a good amount of parking for the area, and I like the fact that it has a building, despite the fact that it doesn't serve much of a purpose.
Cons: Swampscott is uglyyyyyyyyy. Oh, don't get me wrong, parts of the town are very pretty indeed, but the station is not one of those places. From the concrete of the station embankments to the metal barriers to the chain link fences everywhere, waiting here isn't a pleasant experience. Of course, it's made even less pleasant by the fact that the mini-highs are both completely bare and far from the shelter.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Nothing much, to be honest. However, the ocean (not the beach, though) is about a 10 minute walk away, so maybe you'll find some stuff down there.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Swampscott serves a lot, but it sure ain't pretty or even functional whilst doing it. Bare mini-highs are a big MBTA pet peeve of mine, especially ones that are far from the station shelters, so Swampscott needs to get it together in that regard. Give your high-level platforms some shelter! As for the aesthetics, it's unlikely they'll get an upgrade anytime soon, so we're unfortunately stuck with them.
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