|Cleveland Circle's "platform".|
|The station's busway.|
|The entrance into the station.|
|Looking down the platform.|
|The inbound side.|
|And the outbound side.|
|Instead of just one train, how about a bunch of trains?|
Ridership: Because the D is infinitely faster than the C, Reservoir gets more than twice the ridership of Cleveland Circle - 3,404 riders per weekday versus 1,457 for the latter. Cleveland Circle was basically empty when I was here, while Reservoir was full of people dressed in green heading for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
Pros: The only pros I can really give Cleveland Circle are its location and the fact that it's better than other Green Line street stops. Reservoir, on the other hand, is entirely sheltered, and features many more amenities than its C Line cousin.
Cons: Cleveland Circle has all the problems that Green Line street stops have: it's too narrow, too basic, and the ride is too slow. Reservoir's problems, on the other hand, are mostly aesthetic. The shelter running along the whole station looks awful, and the modern architecture makes the station lose any character it might've had.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Cleveland Circle has lots of businesses, mostly convenience stores and restaurants. I suppose the station of the same name is closer, but honestly, just use Reservoir. It's a faster ride, and only a slightly longer walk. That said, if you're not in a rush, the C is a pleasant ride, it has to be said.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Why is the score so high? Well, I was originally going to average out my opinions of the two stations, which would've resulted in a much lower score. However, Reservoir does perform well functionally, and I haven't factored in the busway yet. Also, there's a key point I haven't brought up: the fact that the stations are so close. Having essentially a transfer on the outskirts of the Green Line can be incredibly useful, like if you're coming from Newton and are trying to get somewhere along Beacon Street. I still dislike both of these stations, but they do have their perks.
Latest MBTA News: Service Updates
Okay, writing the review for Cleveland Circle made me think: can I really try to review every MBTA station without doing the street stops? To be honest, I think that's a no. Thus, I'm adding Green Line street stops to my to-do list! They'll probably just get bite-sized reviews since there isn't much to them, and I'm not sure when I'll get around to visiting them, but look out for street stops in the future!
Happy Easter, by the way.