Now to the station itself: the main entrance is a bit of a hassle to get to, since it's an island in the middle of the street. There's a food stand inside, as well as bus schedules for every bus route in the system. There's a huge row of CharlieCard machines lining a wall, and even countdown clocks (still a relative rarity on the MBTA). Harvard is also one of the few MBTA stations with stacked platforms, with the outbound platform on top of the inbound. Another interesting thing about Harvard is the turn in the tracks just before the station. On the inbound side, trains make an extremely sharp turn, so don't be alarmed if your train is travelling extremely slowly and making screeching noises.
|A Red Line train at Harvard|
|Though it's a bit dingy in the busway, it's still better than waiting out in the cold.|
Rating (1-10): 8
Ridership: Students. Lots and lots of students. Based on the crowds I've seen at this station, it's no wonder it's the third busiest.
Pros: The busway is, as I said before, amazing, and the station is well laid out. Harvard Square is a great place in general, and there are trackless trolleys. You gotta love the trackless trolleys.
Cons: The process of getting off a bus in the lower busway is annoying. You have to get out of the right side of the bus, then walk around to the left where the platform is. I'm always afraid I'll get run over when I'm walking in front of the bus, going to the platform.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Too many to list. The Harvard Coop is an huge bookstore with a wide selection of books (among other things). There's also Harvard University, of course. And being theater fanatics, my parents often take me to shows at the A.R.T.
Latest MBTA News: Orange Line shuttle buses - yay! There will be shuttle buses running from Sullivan Square to Oak Grove tomorrow until 3:00 PM. Normal service will resume after that.