I thought this would be a good one! I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD ONE! It…it looked so promising… But nope, turns out Harvard Avenue is just as stupidly bad as every other B Line stop. Wonderful.
|The outbound side.|
The sad part is that the outbound side is actually okay! I mean, it has an ADA platform with a nice curve and a fence blocking passengers from traffic. The shelter has no benches under it, but it’s a modern shelter. The platform also has a wastebasket and a wheelchair lift. So yeah, one would think that if the outbound side is this competent, then the inbound side would have to be even better! Well…
|WHAT IS THIS? WHAT IS THIS???|
THE INBOUND PLATFORM IS A JOKE. A JOKE! LOOK AT ALL THOSE PASSENGERS CROWDED ON THAT TINY THING! SURE, THE PLATFORM IS ADA, BUT IS THERE SHELTER? NO! ARE THERE EVEN ANY BENCHES? NOPE! ALL YOU’VE GOT IS A HORRIBLE WASTEBASKET! ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!
|An inbound train.|
Station: Harvard Avenue
Ridership: Oh, you know, it’s only the BUSIEST STREET-RUNNING STOP ON THE ENTIRE GREEN LINE! It’s such a shame those 3,602 riders per weekday have nowhere to SIT!
Pros: The platform is great – it’s ADA, it has the yellow bumps, wonderful. And for the few people going outbound, they shouldn’t have much of a problem here.
Cons: Too bad the VAST majority of people here are going inbound! Because, you know, people commute into the city. And for a major “accessible” stop like this one, you would think a shelter would be a given. Heck, you would think a bench would be a given! My gosh, the 66 stops here, and it gets a shelter on one side and a few benches on the other side – you know it’s a bad station when the bus stops have more amenities than the train platform!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Harvard Ave is a major street lined with businesses, although Commonwealth Ave around here is mainly apartments.
Final Verdict: 4/10
This station is just…stupid. Considering the huge amount of riders it gets, how can the inbound platform get away with not even having a single bench??? Who thought it was a good idea to give the outbound platform a shelter but not the inbound? Harvard Ave gets a 4 because its platform is in good ADA condition, but only because of that. From a planning perspective, it deserves way lower.
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