|One of the station parking lots.|
|Underneath one of the ramps.|
|The area around the station's bus stop.|
|Oh come on, this isn't helping!|
|No trains came by, so here's a shot of lovely Winchester Center...from above.|
Ridership: Okay, the ridership here is less than average for the Lowell Line, but you have to remember that the Lowell line gets a lot of people. Also, Wedgemere is ridiculously close, which probably takes riders away from here as well. Despite all that, Winchester Center's ridership is still quite high for the Commuter Rail, with 789 inbound riders per weekday!
Pros: Winchester Center is most definitely a unique stop. I mean, it's an elevated Commuter Rail station in a town center! I gotta give it some credit, don't I? Other than that, there's a good amount of parking here, even if it's only for town residents.
Cons: Look, the place is decrepit. It's falling apart. It needs a facelift. Why did they feel the need to renovate nearby Wedgemere but not here? Also, Winchester Center has absolutely no excuse not to be accessible. You've already got the gigantic ramps leading up to the platform - put a mini-high up there already!
Nearby and Noteworthy: This station is right in Winchester Center, and it seems like a really nice downtown. It's got a variety of businesses, many housed in charming businesses, as well as a historic common. A classic New England downtown!
Final Verdict: 4/10
Alas, uniqueness can't save this station. Don't get me wrong, the idea of an elevated Commuter Rail station right smack in the middle of a downtown is awesome - but Winchester Center falls flat beyond its concept. It's in horrible shape, and needlessly inaccessible. You have these gigantic ramps, and they're the only way of getting up to the station, anyway - how about doing something with them?!
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