Help Streetsblog Find the Sorriest Bus Stop in America

Atlanta's Buford Highway, via ATL Urbanist.
Atlanta’s Buford Highway, via ATL Urbanist

It’s contest time again, and competition is going to be stiff for this one. After handing out a Streetsie award for the best street transformation in America at the end of 2014, we’re going to do some good old public shaming this time: Help us find the most neglected, dangerous, and all around sorriest bus stop in the United States.

Most bus stops don’t amount to much more than a stick in the ground. No shelter, no schedule, and nowhere to sit. Better bus stops would mean people could walk to transit without taking their life in their hands, and that transit riders could wait for the bus with dignity. This contest will provide definitive evidence that transit agencies and DOTs have to do a lot better.

The above example comes from Atlanta’s notorious Buford Highway, where pedestrian infrastructure of all types has been completely neglected in favor of wide open asphalt.

It will be hard to top the example below, however. That’s an actual bus stop in Cleveland. The only indication is a very small RTA logo under the highway sign for 71 South (you might have to zoom in to actually spot it). What exactly people are supposed to do when they get off the bus here is unclear, but it’s a sorry statement about how seriously Ohio DOT takes bus riders’ needs.

This is an actual bus stop in Cleveland. We swear. Image: Google Maps via Tim Kovach
An actual bus stop in Cleveland. We swear. Image: Google Maps via Tim Kovach

If there’s an awful bus stop where you live, send us your pictures of it along with a written description of the context, and we’ll put the worst up to a popular vote. You can leave an entry in the comments or email it to angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org.

  • Lynne Shapiro

    How about snow banked bus stops even in city CBD’s like this one at Grove and Temple Streets in New Haven, CT? The driver had to let me off in in a narrow part of one lane between the bus and the ice bank where I took the photo. Then I had to walk in that lane of the two laned street to get to safety in cleared driveway area with cars coming down the street behind me.One can see by the white car by the light how close I was to the bus when I got off and by all the cars how scary it was to be there.

  • Lynne Shapiro
  • Lynne Shapiro

    Our mayor called with better solutions for car owners’ parking during snow street removal than in the past 20 years. But no one thinks of the crisis for bus riders and their safety.

  • Yuki Endo

    1. Bee-Line Bus stop on northbound W14 bus stop near Brooke Club Apartment is busy Route #9A in Ossinning, but close to Croton-Harmon, which are almost like highway but with traffic light. Bus stop is on middle of highway and to get to Brooke Club Apartment I have to cross street carefully because most of drivers don’t yield to pedestrian. In Westchester County, NY

    2. Next photo is in Nassau County, Greenvale, NY are Southeast corner of Glen Cove Rd/Northern Blvd, which are served by n27 bus, which runs mainly between Hempstead and Glen Cove via Roosevelt Field and this bus stop is on right hand lane and there are lots of maniac motorists talking on cell phone or texting.

    3. Next photo is also in Nassau County, but in Jericho, NY and which are bus stops for n20 bus trip between Hicksville and Flushing, aka Northern Blvd bus, and well as n48 Jericho Quad/Hicksville Station shuttle bus.
    This is southbound bus stop at busiest NYS #106, North Broadway and Manhattan Av.
    To get to bus shelter, you have to walk on street from crosswalk because overgrown trees are blocking tiny sidewalk.

  • Coffee Partier

    At least you have a shelter.

  • Lynne Shapiro

    You seem to be a yenta a constant comment here on Disqus. Get a life. If I could block you I would. Don’t stalk me.

  • Coffee Partier

    Here is another one…courtesy of the Nashville MTA. This is the main bus terminal in our little community. It is located at the entrance to the expressway, behind the Home Depot where our residents take the recycling. So it is a combination recycling center, commuter parking, bus stop. The bike storage is laughable. Infact the whole idea of this is an after thought to public transport in a town primarily designed for single vehicular travel. If you have to drive all the way to one end of town to park your car near the entrance of the expressway, to take the bus…. why bother, just get on the expressway.
    In Nashville downtown parking is plentiful and relatively cheap. This is the challenge to selling public transport.

  • Coffee Partier

    Lynne, you sound like my ex-wife. haha

  • Lynne Shapiro

    Any more comments to any more of my posts and I am repoorting you. I’m surprised others esp. other women haven’t reported you already. Others want to “be nice” but our being “nice” has made the Internet a cesspool.

  • Yuki Endo

    Remember this is not place to spam or stalk posters. This comment has to be focused on bus stop issues only.

  • Joshua Redman

    I see this outside my office window constantly in Fairfax, VA along Arlington Blvd and Javier Rd. There is a sidewalk that just ends where it meets the crosswalk but doesn’t extend to the bus stop. It is worse after it snows and the riders have to trudge through the snow because there is NO WAY they can walk along the road. We are very close to a hospital and medical specialist buildings, so the majority of the bus riders are coming to and from there. Another stop not a quarter mile away along the same street drops riders off at an intersection with no crosswalk or walk signal. Fairfax county obviously has a habit of throwing a sign in the grass along a multi-lane highway and calling it a “bus stop.”

  • Sirinya Matute

    I agree with LetsGoLA, there are a lot of problems with the stops along Sunset in the Palisades. Many of them are non-compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act because they lack a wheelchair pad (that must measure 5′ by 8′ wide). The street also generally lacks sidewalks. I don’t know much about code based planning for sidewalk infrastructure and the history of that, so others can jump in. Basically, the presence of sidewalks along so much of Sunset is non-existent, and I’m not sure at what point in time were developers required to add sidewalks in front of their developments. Certainly, I can’t imagine LA going back to install sidewalks on that street (lest we take away a travel lane or narrow lanes down).
    The lighting is mediocre or non-existing. I have been told by motor coach operator friends that they don’t like driving that route because of the absence of lighting — they can’t always see passengers who want to board the bus, and passengers can’t see them.

  • Sirinya Matute

    There will be a new station built to allow people to connect with an automated people mover that will allow you to transfer seamlessly from terminal to terminal.

    http://www.metro.net/projects/lax-extension/

  • Yuki Endo

    Can you tell us what bus stop Airport Employee and frequent riders get off/on?

  • jarendt

    According to Google maps, 5221 Williamsburg Rd. is the closest stop. That corner has sidewalks, but the mile walk down to the airport on Lewis Rd. from there does not.

    I’ve never tried to take the bus to the airport, so I don’t know for sure where employees get off. Hauling my luggage in Lewis Rd. for a mile or through the main airport entrance road for a mile and a half is more than I am up for trying.

  • Yuki Endo

    I found another dangerous and hidden stop on Nassau County NICE Bus’s n23 Manorhaven Bus Stop in Roslyn in beautiful pond park called Greeny Park.
    Original N23 bus stop sign was former MTA Long Island Bus and it was on park sign pole, but NICE Bus has moved away from sidewalk and put it behind the sign.
    I was afraid n23 bus driver wouldn’t stop but since I had FDNY Badge and NICE Paddle Report, n23 bus stop.

  • Yuki Endo

    What intersection this home depot is located?

  • Coffee Partier

    Highway 70 South at the entrance to US 40, Nashville, TN.

  • Yuki Endo

    This bus stops are in Fort Lee, NJ and it’s called George Washington
    Bridge Bus Plaza, where New Jersey Transit buses and Spanish’s jitney
    bus called Express Bus shares bus stop.
    Both bus stop with shelter is
    located on busy expressway west of George Washington Bridge. This
    expressway is interchange with US-80, Route 4 and NJ Turnpike, one of
    busiest expressway.
    First picture is looking east toward George Washington Bridge entrance with single bus shelter on eastbound expressway.
    Second picture is facing northeast on westbound expressway where Express Bus (Spanish Transportation) is approaching bus shelter.

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