+1 Exactly - bollards - - what's so hard about that????I think a few bollards could solve that problem. Well built reinforced bollards. If we want nice bus stops with lighting and arrival boards then we need electrical boxes nearby. Better on the island than totally blocking the sidewalk and still being in the crash zone for cars.
Also no transformer costs $60 million. The entire project cost about $10 million. https://www.masstransitmag.com/bus/infrastructure/press-release/21151502/massachusetts-bay-transportation-authority-mbta-city-of-boston-mbta-break-ground-on-columbus-ave-bus-lane-project#:~:text=The project is expected,transit and active transportation.
Furthermore, that box was not even centered on that island - - it was right up against that right car lane with only the 18 inch retaining wall right against it. We're not talking about spending any money, just about using some common sense to SAVE money.
Or how about VERY SIMPLY, putting the electrical box on the far side of the station - - NOT at the approach of the cars coming in, but at the exit/rear ???????????