|A statue outside the building.|
|And once again, Sam strikes a pose.|
|Looking out at the yard.|
|The inside of the building.|
|Have a belated "happy holiday's" from the MWRTA! Argh, it pains me just to WRITE it with an apostrophe like that...|
Ridership: The hub was never too busy when we were around - I think the most people we ever saw was around 6-7. I guess that about lines up with the MWRTA's ridership, though, since the system just doesn't get that many people.
Pros: This hub is in a much better location than their former hub, which was practically in Natick - sure, the walk from downtown is still less-than-ideal at almost 10 minutes, but it's a necessary evil if the MWRTA is to have a proper facility like this. And there are a lot of aspects of it that I like: the outside area is all sheltered, there's parking for bikes, the receptionists are nice, the Vietnam Memorial is poignant, and the library is a fantastic inclusion.
Cons: Firstly, the boarding procedure is just stupid, and I'm sure it's an easy fix - how hard is it to extend the sidewalk a few feet? Also, there really should be a more robust interior here. It's cold and uncomfortable outside in the winter, and the one seat inside is just sad. It seems like waiting here in the cold is a disagreeable experience no matter where you go...
Nearby and Noteworthy: There's nothing interesting in the immediate vicinity, but if you walk to downtown Framingham, there's, uh...some buildings? Look, I'll be honest, Framingham has one of the starkest and most boring downtowns in any Massachusetts city. I don't think it's really worth a visit.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Yes, I do like a lot about this hub. But the experience of waiting here is just miserable in the cold! I'm sure it's better in the summer, but even then, the benches and building are very stark, and you still need to walk out to buses past the poles in order to board. Well, at least there's plenty of reading material in the library!
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