America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Boston vs. Henrietta

It’s tough to winnow the staggering number of bad bus stops in America down to the worst of the worst, but we’re making progress.

Today’s Elite Eight match in the Sorriest Bus Stop in America bracket pairs a stop by the Wegman’s in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta against a pitiful traffic island bus stop in Boston. Only one has what it takes to make the Final Four.

Henrietta, New York

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Henrietta eked out a “win” against a stop in suburban Buffalo in the first round. This submission comes to us from Jason Haremza, who writes:

Henrietta is home to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), approximately 3.5 miles west of this stop and served by the same bus route. With approximately 30,000 students, RIT is the region’s largest institution of higher learning. This Wegmans store is often patronized by RIT students, many of whom are international.

The Town of Henrietta was extraordinarily derelict in it’s duty to review and approve the site plan of this retail development without any apparent consideration for pedestrian access. The developer of the retail development, as well as Wegmans, which makes healthy living a special part of its marketing through the ‘Eat Well, Live Well’ campaign. Despite the campaign specifically noting that “some physical activity is better than none. Get the OK from your doctor, then strap on a pedometer and find out how much activity you regularly do. Gradually add activity over several weeks and build to a goal of 10,000 steps a day” this does not, evidently, mean supporting active transportation. Monroe County Department of Transportation is derelict in not constructing sidewalks along Hylan Drive.

Jason supplied more photo evidence for your consideration:
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Photo: Jason Haremza
Photos: Jason Haremza

A spokesman for the Rochester Transit System says help is on the way, however:

We already have a plan in place to install a bus shelter at this location sometime this fall. We have been actively involved in discussions with Wegmans, the business behind the stop regarding the shelter and the possibility of installing a sidewalk that connects the stop to the parking lot.

Okay, but Monroe County DOT and the Town of Henrietta need to do something about that 40 mph stroad.

Boston

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This Boston bus stop beat out one on the Nassau/Queens border to advance to the second round. The entry comes to us from an anonymous reader, who writes:

Why is so terrible? It is impossible to safely walk to this bus stop. It is located on a median island surrounded by on- and off-ramps to the Mass Pike (I-90). On the other side is the 5-lane Cambridge Street, which also has no crosswalks and no curb cuts. There is no shelter from the elements & in the winter the snow from the street gets plowed onto the sidewalk & the sidewalk is never shoveled. The MBTA is responsible for the bus stop and MassDOT is responsible for the surrounding roads.

Here’s an overhead shot of the location:

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Agencies in charge: Massachusetts DOT, MBTA.

Which bus stop is the sorriest?

  • Boston (79%, 152 Votes)
  • Henrietta (21%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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

And the current bracket — congrats to Kansas City for knocking out the reigning champ, St. Louis County.

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  • Shemp

    Gonna be an injustice if Rochester doesn’t advance here

  • John Pelletier

    I am from Boston, but that Rochedter stop is actually used. It gets my vote for sure

  • Kevin Love

    I too voted for Henrietta for the same reason as others have given. The Boston bus stop is absurd, but is not actually causing any harm because it is not in a location where people would have high (or any) demand to use it.

    The fact that the Henrietta stop is messing up people’s lives because they have to use it gets this stop my vote.

  • NYCdenizen

    Henrietta is sad, Boston is dangerous.

  • war_on_hugs

    But shouldn’t it be the goal to place and design bus stops that people actually want to use?

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, but the Boston stop is not doing any harm. The worst that can be said about it is that it is a waste of resources, and not many resources either.

    The Henrietta stop is actively doing harm. So it got my vote.

  • There is a hotel directly across Cambridge street that workers would conceivably like to access safely. Patrons at that hotel may also desire ingress to the transit system.

  • dwash59

    people who live in other parts of Boston and don’t use the 64 keep pretending this stop is not used. One only needs to look at the route of the 64 to see that this stop is indeed used. When the 64 goes into Cambridge, it serves workplaces on Memorial drive via stops on River Street and Putnam Ave. When the 64 goes back to Brighton, it takes Western Ave to SFR. This is the closest stop for the people who got off on River Street and Putnam Ave to get on and ride home.

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