It’s been weeks since the city of Woburn has been transformed into its annual wintry wonderland, replete with fake fir garlands and candy-cane-colored ribbons — both of which, it turns out, have made things challenging for people who use public transportation.
A Starts & Stops reader pointed out that holiday decorations were obscuring signs identifying MBTA bus stops in downtown Woburn.
The reader, who did not want to be named out of concerns of developing a reputation as the local gadfly, said she had seen people craning their necks to determine which buses stop at stations throughout downtown, but were unable to get any indication. (In case you’re wondering, MBTA buses 134 and 354 run through the center of town.)
“If someone was trying to get in and out of town, they’d really be in a pickle,” the reader said, adding that it’s not just a holiday problem.
In the springtime, potted flowers hanging from the poles create the same problem. It’s a particularly busy part of the city, she said, because Middlesex Superior Court is there. People in Woburn for the first time may be perplexed at where to pick up the correct bus.
“I think it’s good public policy to encourage people to take buses into town rather than drive,” she said. “If we make it difficult to use public transportation, or show that we don’t care or value it, it will discourage people from using the bus.”