Let's start with the entrances, which are my least favorite part of the station. Aesthetically they're fine, but you have to be very careful which one you go into; one wrong move and you could end up going somewhere you don't want to. Yes, there are no crossovers here, so the entrances correspond to specific directions. Make sure you pay close attention to which way you go here.
|Taken from across the street.|
Okay, you know I wouldn't forget the best part about this station: the Kendall Band. The interactive art installation has had quite a history, which you can read about here. There's only one operational instrument currently, which is a set of bells that are controlled by a lever. I always feel really awkward doing it when there are other people there (so always), but it's still a really cool and unique feature of the MBTA.
|Totally not blurry picture of a train coming in.|
Ridership: A lot of people commute into Kendall because of all the technology jobs in the area. Even on weekends Kendall is still somewhat busy. According to the 2010 Blue Book, it gets just shy of 14,000 people per weekday and is in the top 10 busiest stations on the system.
Pros: There's a lot to like about this station: its location, its decent aesthetics, its timelines, and of course, the Band. Frankly, this station is worth coming to just for the latter, although keep in mind the lack of a free crossover. Speaking of which...
Cons: Yeah, the lack of a free crossover is really annoying. Also, the bus connections are lacking. Overall, though, there's not that much to hate here.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Kendall Square has gotten very hip over the years, and has a lot of modern buildings and restaurants.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I thought I would have to subtract a lot of points for the crossover issue, but there's so much to love about this station. The fact that neighboring Central also has no crossover makes it more of a problem, but what about the Kendall Band? I've never seen anything like it in any subway system, which alone makes Kendall worth visiting.
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