Thursday, October 26, 2017

Worcester Square, Massachusetts Avenue, Lenox Street, and Melnea Cass Boulevard

What's on the ballot today? Oh, more Silver Line stations? Cool, cool...let's just get Washington Street done with, then.

What the heck is this?? Well, it's Worcester Square.
Station: Worcester Square
Ridership: It's pretty low - only 817 people per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Aside from some charming brick buildings, there are a few businesses and restaurants nearby.
Final Verdict: 3/10
The inbound side of this stop just flat-out doesn't get a shelter! It's just two benches! It's not even a space issue, either - there is definitely room there for a shelter. Sure, the outbound side gets a nice enclosed one, but the damage is done: the majority of people are going inbound from here. That's that.

The two sides of Mass Ave.
Station: Massachusetts Avenue
Ridership: For such a major street, you would think ridership would be higher, but it sits at only about 1,143 passengers per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: It's Mass Ave! There's plenty of retail around here.
Final Verdict: 6/10
This is basically the normal Silver Line stop. Both shelters are enclosed and you've got all the amenities, including bike racks, benches, wastebaskets, countdown clocks, and even a few newspaper boxes.

A hubway station, with Lenox Street in the background.
Station: Lenox Street
Ridership: Ouch...only 508 riders per weekday!
Nearby and Noteworthy: It's mostly apartment developments around here, but there's a community center on the corner of Lenox and Washington.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Ya know what, this one has a Hubway, too - I'll throw in an extra point. Aside from that, all the amenities are here, including fully-enclosed shelters on both sides.

Good thing we have Melnea Cass Boulevard for all the school buses!
Ridership: The lowest on the line - 465 riders per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Not much, honestly, at least not in the very near vicinity - it feels very pedestrian-unfriendly. 
Final Verdict: 4/10
Although Melnea Cass Boulevard has all of the Silver Line amenities, it doesn't feel all that necessary. The Silver Line stops down here are really close together, and I think it would be beneficial to combine the low-ridership Melnea Cass and Lenox stops. That could mean eliminating this one (since it serves less) or putting a new stop at the halfway point, but having both seems like overkill, especially on a "BRT" line.

1 comment:

  1. so your doing all the sliver line stops,wow that's dedication


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