So….there can be only one, eh? Well, this one is simply called “Highland”, unlike the similarly-named station in Melrose. And, wouldn’t you know it, this station’s actually pretty decent, too! Let’s look.
Highland is, in many senses, much like West Roxbury in design. You have the same general gist going on here, with the barren-ish mini-high, benches and wastebaskets, red dot matrix signage (which is BROKEN here!), and a modest amount of parking. However, unlike West Roxbury, you have various businesses lining Centre St., along with more readily accessible bus connections (the 35 and 36 also stop here, alongside the 37). And, shockingly, there’s also a transit-accessible Roche Brothers out here! Woah!!!! Also like West Roxbury, it makes for some good photos during the fall months, so there’s that, too.
The good: It’s nice and quiet, and has frequent bus connections! It’s also largely in the same kinds of neighborhoods as West Roxbury, so there’s that as well – and I presume most of the station’s ridership comes from foot traffic. Again, it’s also pretty decent for photos during the fall too. And, I must reiterate, this is Boston proper! The fact a place like this exists in Boston city limits is still surprising to me. The station entrance isn’t as far from the mini-high, for once!
The bad: Usual Needham issues. Oh, THE RED DOT MATRIX SIGNAGE DOESN’T WORK EITHER. SO, FUCK YOU IF YOU NEED IT TO WORK!
Nearby points of interest: There’s some stuff lining Centre St., but nothing immediately popped out to me. There’s a Roche Brothers here, though!
Transit connections: Commuter Rail (Needham), MBTA bus (35, 36, 37)
Overall, much like West Roxbury, I like this station quite a bit, however I personally hold West Roxbury as my favorite, if anything, among the stations on this section of the Needham Line. Yeah, sorry.