Send Us Your Nominations for America’s Sorriest Bus Stop

Last year's winner was on Route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Last year's winner was on Route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

After two years of Streetsblog’s sorry bus stop competitions, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg — there are so many more uncomfortable, inaccessible, and outright dangerous American bus stops in need of a good public shaming. Every year we hear from readers who say they wish they’d sent in a picture of their worst local bus stop to compete, so we’re putting together another bracket.

We need your help to fill out the field of bus stops that will compete for nationwide ridicule (and with it, a kick in the pants for local streets and transit agencies who are responsible). We’re looking for entries that exemplify what needs to change with waiting environments for buses and the streets that lead to them.

The first part of every bus trip is the walk to the stop, but too many streets are designed for cars, not pedestrians. In surveys, people say comfortable waiting areas are an important factor in their decision to ride transit, but too many bus stops are just a stick poking out of the sidewalk, with nowhere to sit and no protection from the elements.

From the reader submissions, Streetsblog staff will select the field that will compete in the sorriest bus stop bracket. Extra weight will be given to entries in urban areas where transit service is especially important.

A bus stop in Silver Spring, Maryland, won the dishonor last year, following the inaugural shaming of a lonely asphalt patch in St. Louis County.

Send your nominations to angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org or leave them in the comments. Be sure to include a photo, the exact location (preferably tagged in Google Maps), and a short description of what makes the bus stop so awful. The deadline is August 15.

25 thoughts on Send Us Your Nominations for America’s Sorriest Bus Stop

  1. This pair of bus stops have no sidewalks for blocks around.

    It’s a 40mph street designed for 50mph traffic and cars often go that fast.

    If you’re mobility limited you have to stand in the street for SB the curb is too tall to get a wheelchair off the street and the ground slopes behind it. Can stand on the shoulder NB.

    NB- on the corner at 46th St just to the north there’s a blinking warning sign for cars coming over the hill heading NB so everyone knows the spot is dangerous. This road was repaved and repainted around 5 years ago and they maintained the safety problems.

    SB- the I-29 off ramp is so close that many cars come off the freeway and have only seconds to see the bus stop. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ee8bad075adc32eee465fee7f3fdea63e0a070417f391805bdc4e4bb45e04d2.png

    N. Oak and I-29, Kansas City, MO

  2. Here’s one not great one in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. I notice the stop is under the above street, but notice way beyond that is what looks like a couple of new benches, out in the elements. It’s not a new bus stop, so unsure why whom ever placed the benches where they did couldn’t have at very least put them next to the bus stop?

  3. HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Tranist) stop in the Tampa, Florida suburb of Brandon. This stop on Lumsden Road is situated nicely on a small patch of grass between the edge of a 6 lane thoroughfare and a stormwater pond. I’d hate to be the person that has to rely on this stop. If you’ve ever had to walk anywhere in Florida during a hard rain you know that soft grass is not your friend, and don’t get me started on the type of reptiles and amphibians that may be lurking in that storm pond!

    https://goo.gl/maps/ZdxNN97SPfr
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/175297ca5c6daa397551be52a1edddca451942a2387a27b36979b7e87239f21e.jpg

  4. 55mph speed limit, adjacent to interstate. No benches, no concrete or asphalt pad, no sidewalk, no shade or shelter, no possibility for a stop in the opposite direction, clear desire lines from repeated use.

  5. I nominate this stop on CTTransit’s F route between New Haven and Derby, on CT Route 34. I had trouble picking which stop to submit on this stretch; they’re all pretty awful. But this one, which appears to primarily serve a dam and has nothing protecting riders from high-speed traffic, seems particularly bad. Icing on the cake is the sign that doesn’t even tell you which route stops there.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Derby+Ave+and+Opp+Morris+Ave/@41.3055302,-72.972936,17.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e7d8dcfdec0f25:0x8745d522416d0893!8m2!3d41.305733!4d-72.9726981

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66ef8cad4e0f168775427b424c7c563e9de879294ff3320a3f1ce71709243f09.jpg

  6. I nominate Omaha Metro’s #2 route stop at 96th and W. Dodge Road. As you can see from the photo, the stop has no infrastructure at all aside from a sign. There’s no sidewalk on 96th Street at all and this particular intersection marks where W. Dodge turns into a 4 lane, divided highway.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/96th+%26+W+Dodge+Rd+NE/@41.2632347,-96.0621352,18.99z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x87938d498e05b403:0x19f31a533165350!8m2!3d41.2634821!4d-96.0619949 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2fe0fb5b477940c1dafb24bec438ee3555460f18ee16d34657032e07b16ef4cd.png

  7. I know Maryland State Hwy Administration took the crown last year, but this little guy on Branch Avenue (aka MD-5) in PG County is a strong competitor for back-to-back Merlin titles. In addition to playing Where’s Waldo trying to find the pole, riders can choose from three comfortable places to await the bus: sitting on the guardrail, pacing the ample shoulder, hiding in the bushes, or praying for the bus to arrive in the adjacent megachurch. It’s conveniently located across the road from a major shopping center that can be easily reached by sprinting across high speed traffic and a muddy median.

    https://goo.gl/maps/PFEUAcTt1ny

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7352cf6c8c5511c1503a282c70ec5500bd6627b8006230b6c29ab08c128802f5.png

  8. historical lazy thinking forces us to drag people kicking and screaming into applied intelligence to create a civilized society.

  9. Angie,

    I would like to nominate the MBTA Bus Stop on their 99 route, Highland Avenue at East Border Road in Medford, Massachusetts. (https://t.mbta.com/schedules/99/line?direction_id=0#direction-filter)

    Highland Avenue and East Border Road are both controlled by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (which, despite the name, is more of a DOT agency) and provide zero pedestrian access to the stop. This is compounded by the lack of a sidewalk or any place to stand off the busy street. The vehicle lanes are 17 feet wide here, which encourages speed. Vehicle commuters use this route as a parallel to Interstate 93 to avoid traffic on the highway.

    At one time, cycle lanes were striped, but with low quality paint which has worn away.

    As this stop is primarily an evening commute home stop, in the winter, the lack of a crosswalk on either road makes travel extremely dangerous, as most of the neighborhood is across the street and darkness prevails.

  10. where the red car is …. look closely that’s our house….people do live on rt 837 or 8th ave as it is sometimes called…and right across to the right of the bus stop sign is hill top street…

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