|The station platform.|
|The other end of the platform, as well as a train in the background!|
|The station drop-off area.|
|Well, this is convoluted...|
|The Standish Street entrance, featuring some graffiti.|
|Two trains meeting!|
|Heading towards Boston.|
Station: Talbot Ave
Ridership: Well, in 2013, this station got an average of only 82 inbound riders per weekday, but I do hope that number's gone up since then. I mean...it's the Fairmount Line, so it's hard to have high ridership expectations.
Pros: The station certainly tries to look and feel pleasant, and for the most part it succeeds. It's weird that it manages to be as tranquil as it is, considering it's not in the safest neighborhood. Also, Talbot Ave has a good amount of bike spaces, and even a few automobile spaces, which is a great inclusion. Finally, the platform offers shelter and seating the whole way down.
Cons: The broken glass all over the place is definitely an indication of what kind of area the station is located in. Aside from that, it would be great if there was a way to connect between the two northern entrances. Perhaps a pedestrian tunnel? Although I imagine that would be more expensive than it's worth. Finally, the ramps down to Talbot Ave itself are really long...stair alternatives would be nice, although again, cost could be an issue there.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The surroundings of this station are mostly residential, so there isn't much to see. It's not the best neighborhood, anyway...
Final Verdict: 6/10
Okay, in terms of the station itself, the only problems are the ramps and the lack of a connection between the northern entrances. So what lowers it down to a 6? Well, the broken glass is ugly, dangerous, and could put people waiting on edge. Plus, there's the fact that Talbot Ave just deserves to have rapid transit service, as does the rest of the Fairmount Line. I wish I was reviewing an "Indigo Line" station right now!
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