Here is a fascinating and extremely useful time-lapse video of Kennedy Plaza that, in two and a half minutes, shows buses and riders entering and leaving the plaza from 3:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. To me it shows how well used the plaza is, and how effective it is for bus riders. The city hopes to convince the public that the plaza is inadequate. Maybe this video can be used to suggest that, but to me it suggests the reverse. It might have been more instructive if it had been shot from a window in the court house at the other end of the plaza, rather than from City Hall. After all, it is the crowding of the commuters at bus stops and the supposed congestion of the buses themselves that is at issue, and most of that takes place beyond the intermodal center at the center of the video.
I will address the changes proposed for Kennedy Plaza in my next column.