|That is not a pretty building...|
|Inside the waiting room.|
|Check out those amenities! Wowwwww!|
|I needed one last picture, so, uh...here ya go!|
Ridership: This is the downtown hub of all of the Lawrence MVRTA services, and it's where most people get on and off each route. Of course, I don't have any actual numbers, but rest assured, this place can get busy.
Pros: You know, having a consolidated hub is good. The MVRTA pulse system makes it easy to transfer between buses. The waiting room has a decent amount of amenities. These are some proper pros...but it's downhill from there.
Cons: Everything else about the Buckley Transportation Center is terrible! The building is ugly, the busway is dingy and dark, and the boarding procedure is ridiculously inefficient! Waiting here is just a miserable experience that I wanted to end as soon as possible. And for the record, why the heck is this place so far from the Commuter Rail station? It's such a pain to walk from there to Buckley and vice versa!
Nearby and Noteworthy: The hub is located right in downtown Lawrence...but I'm really not a fan of downtown Lawrence. Look, maybe I'm overreacting, but I always feel a little nervous whenever I walk around here. It's not a very nice place.
Final Verdict: 3/10
I'm all for having a pulse system with a consolidated hub...but if the hub is this uncomfortable to wait at, there's a problem. And sure, it has its good points - the waiting room is a somewhat decent place to wait - but I just can't get behind the crazy boarding procedure or the dinginess of the main busway. Sorry, Buckley Transportation Center, but I kinda hate you.
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