|What an interesting facade!|
|Getting closer to the entrance.|
|The entrance on the other side.|
|Up on the platform.|
|The inbound mini-high platform.|
|The café car took a trip on the Lowell Line!|
Ridership: It's the lowest-ridership full-service station on the Lowell Line, but Wedgemere still gets a decent 512 inbound riders per weekday. You also have to remember how ridiculously close it is to Winchester Center, which has a good amount of ridership itself. The two Winchester stations add up to just over 1,300 people per day - I guess Winchester has a lot of commuters!
Pros: With its recent renovation to make it accessible, Wedgemere is a great semi-modern station. It offers decent parking for the density of the area, a bunch of amenities, and well-sheltered platforms. I also love the updated signage here - it makes the stop feel like a rapid transit station!
Cons: It would be great to see some sort of business occupy that building, since it looks really decrepit at the moment. Maybe there's not enough ridership to generate profit for such a business? There are a few other parts of the station that feel a little run-down, namely the pedestrian walkway and some of the staircases.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Just a buncha houses and a fairly generic park. Take the train one more stop for Winchester Center - that's where all the good stuff is.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I still think it's strange that the lesser-used, more suburban stop in Winchester received accessibility updates while the busy town center station was just left in the dust. Whatever the reason, it does mean that Wedgemere is quite superior to Winchester Center. Sure, it has a few small areas that could benefit from an update, but overall, this station is clean, well-signed, and a pleasant place to get the train.
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