|The outdoor boarding area.|
|The waiting area.|
Ridership: There are no ridership statistics for the Pulse, but I can imagine it's very high. After all, this is where many METRO routes terminate, and their other routes run just nearby.
Pros: Everything about the interior is great. It offers a lot of seating and a good amount of amenities, with the library being a particularly nice addition.
Cons: The Pulse definitely has some problems, though. First of all, signage to Congress Street needs to be better. That's where the other four METRO routes board, and though they get a nice shelter, there's no indication that it exists from the Pulse. Secondly, the Pulse could really use some proper berths, since the current setup is just ridiculous. It would be a lot better if people just knew where they had to wait for whatever route they wanted.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I've mentioned this in my Portland Transportation Center post, but the biggest city in Maine really is an awesome place. I recommend checking it out!
Final Verdict: 6/10
Regardless of its flaws, the METRO Pulse still carries out its function of being a good bus hub. The interior is a good place to wait, especially when it's cold, and ultimately that's what matters for a hub. Still, there are some very easily fixable problems here: signage to and from the Congress Street stop would be very useful for out-of-towners or newcomers who are making transfers; and putting benches along the whole of Elm Street and adding berths would make boarding a lot easier.
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