Ohhhh god……yeah, shockingly, this station just reeks of “bad”. I mean, Needham itself isn’t bad, it’s your average suburban town, and on a Saturday it’s actually quite peaceful and quiet, with the odd train horn ringing as the T blows through at 5mph. But, Needham Center, the T station? Yeah, it sucks.
Well, it’s kinda barebones, actually. The mini-high is barebones. But, the platform has your usual benches and wastebaskets, and also has a shelter on said mini-high…..without benches. Yikes. There’s also plenty of parking, and it’s located in Needham’s town center. But, given it’s literally a 10 minute walk to both Needham Junction and Needham Heights….yeah…….. I think I’ll save stop spacing for a different entry. Fortunately, you do have some businesses pretty much trackside, but not like in Wakefield. Overall, while the station functionally is bleh, the area itself is pretty nice. Oh yeah, the 59 also stops by here. There’s also space for a second track JUST INSTALL THE DAMN SECOND TRACK!
The good: It’s in Needham’s town center, and the area overall is pretty nice!
The bad: THERE’S NO BENCHES ON THE MINI-HIGH OR SHELTER ON THE LOW-LEVEL SECTION! WHAT THE HELL?!
Nearby points of interest: There’s a couple of restaurants and businesses lining Chapel and Chestnut Streets!
Transit connections: Commuter Rail (Needham), MBTA bus (59)
Overall, yeah, this station’s meh. The vibes of the area save it (at least it isn’t along the Mass Pike, and at least it’s accessible!), but the station itself isn’t all the great…. sorry! However, I do feel it’s worthy of a passing score – if barely.