Sunday, November 12, 2017

Middleborough/Lakeville

This is one of the biggest jumps I could possibly make - we're going from the PVTA in western Mass to an MBTA station just a few towns away from Cape Cod. And just like the Cape itself, Middleborough/Lakeville is a boring place. Boom, roasted! Sorry, I just don't like the Cape that much...

Looking down the platform.
Yes, we've got a typical Old Colony station on our hands. You've got all the classics: a typical 90s shelter, some benches, and some wastebaskets. The platform extends beyond the shelter itself with a few more benches, but this is actually a longer shelter than usual.

Some of the parking lot, with some transit-oriented development in the background.
Of course, this station offers a ton of parking: 769 spaces to be exact. The T got rid of its availability percentages on its new website, so unfortunately, I have no idea if this lot is big enough. Bikes get a scrawny 8 spaces, but it's something, and we're in a pretty suburban area. Finally, the GATRA runs two buses here, and I totally definitely did not ride one of them...

Oh darn it, there's my reflection in the train window...
Station: Middleborough/Lakeville

Ridership: This is a busy station for Commuter Rail standards, with 886 riders per weekday. I came here on a reverse-peak morning rush trip, so of course my train was quiet, but there was a steady stream of people getting on to go back into the city.

Pros: It's a typical Old Colony station. That's basically all there is to it.

Cons: Aside from the boringness and the fact that they opted to make a huge park-and-ride instead of serving the downtown, not much.

Nearby and Noteworthy: Middleborough has what appears to be a decently-interesting town center, but the station is located far from it. Instead, you can visit such amazing places as: CVS! Sterling Place Apartments! And the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection! Wowie!

Final Verdict: 7/10
Not much to say - it's what you would expect from an Old Colony station. Yay!

Latest MBTA News: Service Updates

7 comments:

  1. I used to live in lakeville and always went into the city here.

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  2. I don't understand why they don't extend the old colony line to Hyannis or buzzards bay and get rid of the capeflyer and have regular service to those places

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  3. Miles why don't you like the cape? I've only been there 2 times but I thought it was very enjoyable.

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    1. I just find it boring and badly-designed. There aren't really any proper towns there aside from Provincetown and Hyannis.

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  4. Capeflyer also serves this place

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  5. Alas, we do have OCRR station that was obviously designed by a committee of non-riders from San Diego - where the weather is always pleasant. There is a long history of why the station is here and not closer to downtown or even at the Everett Sq. area. There is currently much heated discussion of placing a second station in Middleborough to service Phase 1 of the Fall River / New Bedford / South Coast Route. Stay tuned...

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