Photo © Amanda Jordan
A reader submitted the above photo of the new bus shelter on Angell Street near Wayland Square. As the reader pointed out, it is near Wayland Square, actually just past the intersection with Elmgrove. Why not place it at the corner of Wayland Avenue in the square itself? There is a bus stop just before the Starbucks.
I would also say, as beautiful as it is as a work of art, it isn’t terribly shelter-ie. The thing that I don’t like about the Lamar shelters, is that the back is perforated, so the wind howls right through it. The roof offers protection from rain, but the protection from wind is as important, especially this time of year. This shelter in Wayland Square looks like it lacks any wind protection.
Where are there really good bus shelters?
Photo by Jef Nickerson
In Boston on parts of the Silver Line. The stopped pictured above at South Station, is basically a mini-bus station. Good wind and rain and snow protection, a ticket machine, schedule information… This is obviously more than we need at most stops, but it is really great and I hope we see something like this along the Rapid bus lines RIPTA is planning.