I met someone from Norfolk once. It was at an awful camp at the Museum of Science, and this kid would commute there every day from Norfolk Station. I specifically remember him pronouncing it “Norfork” and saying I wasn’t “allowed” to pronounce it that way because I wasn’t from there. What was the point of that story? I don’t know…but let’s take a look at Norfolk.
|Looking down the platform, with parking on the side.|
|Stairs to more parking.|
|SO MUCH PARKING!|
Ridership: With 748 riders per weekday, Norfolk has just one more rider per day than Forge Park. Of course, since this station is in an actual, you know, town, it’s slightly easier to bike or even walk here. However, the amount of parking shows that many people still drive in.
Pros: There’s a bench on the mini-high this time, and the station also offers plenty of extra seating. There is also a lot of parking here, especially for a “town center” station like this one. That said, as we’ll see in “Nearby and Noteworthy”, there isn’t much of a town here…
Cons: I’m not a fan of how far away the outer lots are. One of them is inconvenient for cars (although the staircase to the station is simple enough), while another is inconvenient for pedestrians, since you have to cross a street. And though the station has a pretty peaceful feel, it’s lacking a bit in terms of character…maybe it’s the bland shelters.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Hmm…Dunks, anyone? Yeah, there isn’t really much in Norfolk Center, and what’s there is rather car-oriented, with big parking lots out front. The aforementioned Dunkin’ Donuts has a drive-through, for heaven’s sake!
Final Verdict: 7/10
I like this station alright, and in some ways, it’s even better than Forge Park. Certainly in terms of the overall feel of it – Norfolk is a lot more tranquil because of its woodsy setting. But the parking is just all over the place, and the shelters are so bland! Plus, this station gets very slightly more ridership than Forge Park, but only the latter gets a building. Poor Norfolk!
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