America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Kansas City vs. St. Louis County

The second round of competition in the search for the Sorriest Bus Stop in America gets underway today. (The poll is still open until midnight in the Buffalo vs. Rochester match if you haven’t voted yet.)

Two bus stops in Missouri go toe-to-toe today. Kansas City’s entry overcame some tough competition from D.C. in the first round. Meanwhile, St. Louis County — also home of the reining Sorriest Bus Stop — triumphed over a sorry bus stop in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Which one is Final Four material? Vote below.

St. Louis County

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This bus stop by a highway ramp serves Maryville University (just to the right over the trees) in the suburb of Town and Country in St. Louis County. It was submitted by Richard Bose, who says it’s worth considering “the amount of wealth put into the auto infrastructure and even the landscaping nearby compared to the bus stop.”

Between Missouri DOT, St. Louis County DOT, and Metro St. Louis, there’s plenty of blame to go around — but you’ve gotta pin most of it on the transportation departments for creating an environment that caters entirely to motoring, not walking.

Kansas City

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Brian Curran submitted this invisible bus stop. He writes:

This stop is in Kansas City near Kaufmann Stadium, where the Royals play. It’s located on the side of a multi-lane highway with no crosswalks nearby, and no place other than a vast grassy area to wait for the bus. There is no signage indicating exactly where the stop is either. An adventurous way to get to and from a Royals game!

The bus system in KC is run by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, which is run by a board comprised of appointed members from both Missouri and Kansas.

There is actually no visible sign of a bus stop in this photo. It would be hard to do more to discourage anyone from taking the bus to a Royals game. Once again, excellent work, Missouri DOT.

And now the voting…

Which bus stop is the sorriest?

  • Kansas City (61%, 138 Votes)
  • St. Louis County (39%, 88 Votes)

Total Voters: 226

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Here’s a map of all our contestants with today’s matchup in green.

And here are the results so far:bus_stop_2016

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