- Sep 6, 2007
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Come to think of it...Penn Station is quite dark - considerably more so than Grand Central Terminal. It fits perfectly with NYC's grimy reputation haha.A couple weeks ago, I took a train out of South Station for the first time since the construction got going. The interior of the station seems so much darker now. It definitely started to give me a Penn Station vibe.
And hopefully not as blustery in the winter. Let's be honest, nobody is waiting on South Station platforms for the view inside the station... You're running to a train, or rushing to get out of the crowd.I took a train to South Station last week for the first time in a few years. I was expecting proto-NYP, but was pleasantly surprised by a few things. First, the beam height above the platforms is really quite high, so I think the walk along the platforms will actually seem more open than now, given the low height of the canopies. Second, the concourse extension at the end of the platforms, that will be under the high vaulted ceiling, is significant. I suspect the end result will be quite open and airy, and aesthetically pleasing.
It's never going to be the destination that Washington Union, Kansas City Union, or Grand Central, but it's Boston's premier railroad station and not everyone is sprinting to catch a train (try getting a seat around rush hour). Like any transit hub, it's important to have facilities for the people who are spending significant chunks of time waiting for their trains. South Station has a lovely exterior and some good bones. Making the concourse a bit less claustrophobic, increasing the amount of light coming in, and improving seating and dining options will go a long way toward improving the experience. Taking advantage of the historic structure to improve the visual appearance adds even more to the experience. Boston deserves a better gateway.And hopefully not as blustery in the winter. Let's be honest, nobody is waiting at South Station for the view inside the station... You're running to a train, or rushing to get out of the crowd.
Come to think of it...Penn Station is quite dark - considerably more so than Grand Central Terminal. It fits perfectly with NYC's grimy reputation haha.
I was down there 2 weeks ago, and *no one was using it.* Even the friend I was with didn't want to go to the new side, so we ended up waiting in the MSG side. I did make a trip over though, and the old penn side was noticably busier, even if moynihan was much nicer. I don't know if it's just inertia, but it was very disappointing, though I suspect that old penn was mostly lirr/njt passengers.