|The station, looking bright for some reason.|
|Who doesn't love these statues?|
|Inside the other entryway.|
|The busway, looking slightly askew. By the way, see how it's winter in the picture? This was taken last winter.|
|Even with a stationary train, it was still too dark for the camera to take a non-blurry picture.|
Ridership: This is actually the 12th busiest station on the system, with nearly 13,000 boardings per day! The fact that it was the only station in Somerville for 30 years (until Assembly opened recently) is probably some explanation. Also, this station gets student traffic as Tufts University is about a 15 minute walk away (they even announce it on the 01800 trains).
Pros: For now, it's the closest station to a very large part of Somerville (but we'll see how the Green Line extension changes that). And this station completely changed the area - Davis Square was a pit before the Red Line came along, and now it's one of the most happening places in Greater Boston. As for the station itself, there's lots of art scattered through, and I particularly like the huge piece next to the stairs. The numerous bike spaces are a plus, too.
Cons: The architecture is so very dated all around the station. Plus, the platform is really quite dark.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I love Davis Square! The Somerville Theatre is a great movie theater, and really cheap, too. There are also countless restaurants in the area.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Okay, Davis as a station is pretty bad. The architecture is very dated and boring, and the platform is very dimly lit. But I do like the many art projects scattered around, and more importantly, how much this station changed the area. Davis is a perfect example of how public transportation revitalizes neighborhoods. For that alone, I had to raise its score up to a seven (though the station itself is more like a five).
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
The MBTA's late-night service could be coming to an end, as they haven't gotten enough sponsors to keep it open. Jetblue was willing to buy out the entire Blue Line, why is nobody offering money now?