Alewife lobby, top garage level reopen
The MBTA reports the Alewife lobby and the fifth level of the garage re-opened for commuters today, reducing the time it takes them to get down to the platform to wait for a train.
The T reports:
The main entrance at Alewife Station has been closed while crews constructed a temporary shoring tower to reinforce the station’s roof trusses. This structure allows the MBA to now safely reopen the main entrance and lobby. The shoring tower will remain in place until permanent repairs are made. Additional station personnel will be present at Alewife on Monday to assist riders.
The main station entrance and the fifth level had been shut since February, when somebody trying to end his life rammed his car into a wall on the garage top level, sending concrete and glass hurtling down to the lobby.
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Nice Hancock Tower (or what do they call it now, 200 Clarendon?) cosplay there.
reducing the time it takes
And once a train arrives it sits at the station for 30 min.
Be prepared for slow zones and more repairs to repairs.
This is just another form of MBTA transportation, after all.
While nothing about this...
...is the T's fault, turning Alewife into the "Plywood Pyramid" seems a fitting image for the current state of both that decrepit facility, and the T as a whole.
they should bulldoze the
they should bulldoze the station and rebuild where it isn't sinking into a literal swamp. that will be the only way it will be safe in the future.
return to normal service
As somebody who boards the inbound red line train at Davis on the first car, I am thrilled to see the regular Alewife headhouse re-open. It means that passengers will more naturally board in Alewife on the fourth or fifth car, which will result in the first car being relatively unpopulated (at least until Harvard).
Outdoor dining comes to
Outdoor dining comes to Alewife?
....the MBTA would take this opportunity to clean the structure inside of the 30-40 years of dust and grime.. But we are talking about the MBTA. They only care about getting new toys and not taking care of them. They would try to convince you that the only way to "fix" Alewife is to demolish it.
Try taking a scrub brush to your equipment MBTA. Take some pride in the billions in taxpayer money that is spent on your stuff. Just look at the 1" thick layer of grime on the rafters. It's disgusting. And while we are at it, how about the Mass DPW? Would it kill you to use a little soap and water to clean the $22B Big Dig tunnels once in a while? This city looks like a 3rd world hellhole sometimes. Say what you will about China but at least their tunnels and infrastructure are clean.