|The fancy-shmancy level crossing.|
|Part of the platform.|
|This feels really gritty...|
|I'm sure those conductors were not happy with me holding up the train to snap this picture.|
|Stupid early train!|
Ridership: The station gets above-average ridership for the Haverhill Line, not that that's anything special - the Haverhill Line doesn't really have the best ridership. Still, with 519 inbound riders per weekday, the station ranks as fifth-busiest on the line.
Pros: Andover offers both bicycle parking and car parking, with a 150-space lot for the latter. There's also a connection to the MVRTA, as the 32 comes right by the station. Finally, the station has shelter and a mini-high platform, making it accessible.
Cons: However, that mini-high is sans-bench, meaning we've got the age-old problem of having to walk forever from the main shelter. Also, there's that level crossing that goes off whenever a train's at the station, and I'm not a fan of that gritty building on the platform.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Andover Square is only a short walk away, and that's a very charming downtown with pleasant buildings and some varied businesses.
Final Verdict: 5/10
From my brief time at Andover, I came to rather dislike the place. Yeah, it offers some standard amenities, but the walk from the shelter to the mini-high is always a negative, while the level crossing going down is inexcusable. It's not like the train spills out over it - it's really far back! Oh well...at least the location is good. You gotta love a station located in a downtown.
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