|The outbound side.|
|Trim the hedge, I can't read the scary signs!|
|The outbound side from a little further.|
|The inbound side.|
|The "fare gate", as it were.|
|A train heading out.|
Ridership: Okay, the ridership stats given in the Blue Book don't tell the whole story here, since the Blue Book only covers inbound riders - River Works gets an average of 56 per day. However, many more people are commuting here from outbound down the line, and I would go as far as to predict that River Works gets more outbound riders than inbound. Oh well - regardless, ridership is pretty good considering that it's a station meant purely for employees of the GE factory.
Pros: The waiting facilities here are pretty good for such a low-service Commuter Rail station (most trains only stop here during rush hour) - it's got lots of shelter and seating room. The keypad system for getting in is also really cool, and prevents any outsiders (like Nathan and I, to be perfectly honest) from entering GE.
Cons: The outbound platform is significantly worse than the inbound side. Why is it bisected by a road? Why do people have to board on the other side of the gates for the level crossing? Why is there a super old poster rotting away in there? This is where the majority of people are going - I need answers!
Nearby and Noteworthy: If you're a GE employee, then work is nearby and noteworthy. If you're not a GE employee, then...well, you probably shouldn't be here.
Final Verdict: 5/10
Essentially, this is a stark imposing station for a stark imposing facility. It offers a lot of shelter and benches, and it's nice that the factory gets its own station for commuters, but the outbound platform (and generally the whole area) just looks terrible. It also has that horrible boarding procedure, which is just ridiculous. But hey, the inbound side is good! And the station features that keypad turnstile - can't beat that!
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A big thank-you to John Arico for arranging our visit here. Also, we filmed a video review of River Works, so stay tuned for that tomorrow!