America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Broomfield vs. Kansas City
It’s Final Four time in Streetsblog’s Sorriest Bus Stop tournament. After two rounds, only the least appealing, most dehumanizing bus stops are still standing.
In addition to today’s contestants, a bus stop in Boston has advanced to the semi-finals. Voting remains open until midnight to determine the last slot in the Final Four — Silver Spring or Asheville.
On to today’s match…
It’s not just the inept signage and lack of any waiting area amenities that make this a terrible bus stop, says submitter Aaron Schultz:
From the bus stop looking in either direction, you can’t see the nearest pedestrian crossing, not to mention there is no sidewalk, just a suburban Berlin Wall to demarcate homes from the road. The closest crosswalk to this stop goes to a residential street that dead ends in all directions.
Here’s another angle with a better view of the road:
Agencies in charge: Colorado DOT, city and county of Broomfield, RTD.
Kansas City’s entry overcame sorry stops in DC and St. Louis County to reach the Final Four. If you want to take transit to see the Royals, you will encounter this barren bus stop, writes Brian Curran:
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.
Since you can’t tell exactly where the bus stops, here it is marked up on an aerial view:
Agencies in charge: Missouri DOT, KCATA.
Here’s the map of all the contenders.