Wellesley Farms didn’t score particularly highly with me. Will the next station, Wellesley Hills, be an improvement? Let’s find out.
|The station…from above.
There are two ways to get into this station. The first one is a staircase from Cliff Road, and it does its job fine. The other entrance is via the station’s parking lot, which has 51 spaces, and once again, residents of Wellesley get a significant discount. There are some newspaper boxes, bike racks, and a payphone at the parking lot entrance.
|Down on the platform.
Well, the outbound platform is a sign, an ad, and a wastebasket. Nice. Crossing over via a weird boardwalk, we get to the inbound platform, which has everything on the outbound, plus…a bench! Okay, there’s also a station building that has a café in it, and that’s pretty awesome.
|What have we here?
Oho, what’s this? A bus stop? Well, I do usually talk about bus connections in my reviews, so let’s see what kind of complex infrastructure the MWRTA 8 has here. The Woodland-bound stop is fine, but the Natick-bound stop is…problematic. AS IN THERE ARE PARKING SPACES IN ITS WAY! They really couldn’t eliminate just one or two to allow a tiny minibus to pull in on its awful terrible deviation-filled ridiculous route???????? I hate the 8, and I hate this stop!
Station: Wellesley Hills
Ridership: This is the second-busiest Wellesley station, but it only beats Wellesley Farms by four people! Yes, this stop gets 562 inbound riders per weekday, compared to 558 at Wellesley Farms.
Pros: The building is nice, and I love that it has a café in it. The weird boardwalk makes it easy to cross over the tracks, and the station is well-integrated with the neighborhood around it.
Cons: This is a drab and pretty awful station. The outbound side gets nary a bench for people to wait on, so tough luck there, but it’s not like the inbound side is much better! I can imagine a ton of people huddling under the tiny shelter provided by the building during rainy morning rush periods. Of course, the station isn’t wheelchair accessible because of the low-level platform. Also, that bus stop…geez, that’s an awful bus stop.
Nearby and Noteworthy: There are some nice businesses along Washington Street. It’s nowhere near as awesome as the commercial center of Wellesley Square, but it’s something.
Final Verdict: 4/10
I’m not a fan of this one either. It doesn’t provide enough amenities considering the number of passengers it gets, and it just feels bleak. And of course, we have a strong contender for “worst bus stop ever,” from the good ol’ MWRTA!
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