Ahhhh, this one is a classic! Not only does Coolidge Corner have more character than what seems possible for a Green Line street stop, but it also gets amazing ridership! Let’s take a look at this wonderful station.
|Did I mention that I love this place?|
Coolidge Corner has staggered platforms, with the inbound one on the west side of Harvard Street and the outbound one to the east. The tracks also make an s-curve in the middle of the station, although there’s most definitely a reason for that: so that the platforms can be as wide as possible! Seriously, they both have lots of room.
|Such a classic shelter!|
The shelters at Coolidge Corner are just so good. They have this great old style and lots of seating space underneath. Although they have a few peeling paint issues, the shelters still look great, and add to the station’s character so much.
|The inbound platform.|
The rest of the platforms are awesome, too, with lots of benches and wastebaskets, and 20 bike spaces in total. The station also has a ticket validator for faster boarding during rush hour, although I didn’t try it out when I was here on a Saturday to see if it was working. Finally, can I just say how great the signs here are? They all have this old-fashioned look, and even though they’re newer signs, they just compliment the shelters so much.
|A pathway leading out of the station.|
There are a few paths out of the inbound platform that lead to the next block, as well as street parking, i.e. the classic C Line parking where cars face the tracks. Additionally, this station has one bus connection, with the 66. The stops are…less than impressive, though. Yes, they both have benches provided, but a shelter seems like a no-brainer, especially for a route as busy as the 66.
|An inbound train leaving the station.|
Station: Coolidge Corner
Ridership: This is the busiest station on the C by far, and one of the busiest in general on the Green Line branches – it gets 3,440 riders per weekday.
Pros: Not only is this station great for functionality (wide platforms, lots of amenities, etc.), but it also has so much character. I mean, the shelters look amazing and complement the buildings around them, while the old-fashioned stylized signs are great.
Cons: I only have two qualms with this station, and they’re small: number 1 is the peeling paint on the shelters, which is annoying but an easy fix; number 2 is the lack of shelters for the 66. Yes, there are benches, but what about when it rains? What are people supposed to do then?
Final Verdict: 10/10
You know, I had it in my mind that I wanted to give this station a 10 when I got here, and it still remains one of my favorite Green Line street stops (if not my favorite). And though it does have a few flaws, I think it’s arguably the best street stop on the entire Green Line, which is why it gets a perfect score. Yes, it’s not a “perfect” station, but it’s pretty darn close.
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