|The parking lot out front.|
|The alternate exit.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|Up on the footbridge.|
|The outbound mini-high platform.|
|No train pictures...at least not of the Commuter Rail variety! Wink-wink.|
Ridership: This is a very busy Commuter Rail station - the tenth-busiest on the system, in fact, with 1,299 inbound riders per weekday! The fact that it gets so many riders despite having a small parking lot shows the advantage of having stations right in town centers (unlike some of the stations further west on the Worcester Line, among many others). But it's easy to forget that Amtrak comes here too, with its once-daily Lake Shore Limited route to Chicago. Ridership on that is much lower, with 1,963 riders...per year. That's only about five people per day, with most of those folks heading out to western Massachusetts or eastern New York.
Pros: Framingham gives you all your basic amenities: mini-high platforms, a decent footbridge, and a respectable second shelter on the inbound side. There's also a bunch of bike parking, while automobile parking is being expanded with the station's new lot. The station has decent bus connections as well, with six MWRTA routes directly serving the station.
Cons: Okay, that footbridge was built in 2001 - should it really be rusting already? It's not as bad as that staircase I mentioned at Savin Hill, but it still doesn't feel safe when you look at it. Other than that, my main problem with Framingham is just its blandness. I dunno, for such a major station, I would expect something a little more interesting.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Yeah...still not a fan of downtown Framingham. I'm sorry, but it's just not a very exciting place.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Framingham is most definitely a functional station, and it performs its duties well. Fancy aesthetics really aren't that important on the Commuter Rail, anyway, so wishing for them is a waste of time. However, something ought to be done about those footbridge stairs - I mean, I am not a fan of rusting stuff that could potentially be unsafe!
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