America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Chapel Hill vs. Tampa
America is full of scary bus stops, thousands of them — that much we know. To keep things manageable we limit our Sorriest Bus Stop competition to a field of 16, and now the voters have winnowed it down to a pool of eight, with Omaha taking out St. Louis for the last spot in the second round.
Today, in what figures to be a fierce contest, Chapel Hill is taking on Tampa for a shot at the Final Four.
Let’s get down to business.
This stop was submitted by Kira Glynn, who makes the point that a lot of people actually use this bus stop despite the threat of fast traffic. Look at that poor guy trying to run across.
Now that school is in session at UNC, I was able to get a more representative photo of what the foot traffic at this bus stop looks like. These people are crossing the highway in between bouts of speeding cars. Practically gives me a heart attack every time.
I also found a good Google Maps shot right down the middle of the highway that shows a woman crossing the street from the bus stop holding a baby:
Yeesh. These bus stop photos really convey the systemic inequality the pervades our transportation system. If you can’t afford a car, you are on your own in a hostile environment.
Agencies responsible: NC DOT, Chapel Hill Transit.
The advocates at Urban Tampa Bay tell us:
This bus stop is along what the Hillsborough County government considers a “complete street.” If you look closely, this road has painted bike lanes, a sidewalk and the bus stop even has a bench. These features were added at considerable extra expense. This miserable streetscape, that only the most desperate pedestrians would ever dare use, was sold to taxpayers as being explicitly pedestrian-friendly. To us, that’s what makes it the worst bus stop in America.
Urban Tampa Bay also reports that the nearest signalized crossing “is so far away that there is another bus stop before you get to it.”
Agencies responsible: Hillsborough County Public Works, HART.
This is going to be a tough call.