America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Pittsburgh vs. Englewood
The Final Four of sorry bus stops is starting to come together.
The third spot is up for grabs today. It’s either a perilously balanced Pittsburgh bus stop or a scary stop by the side of a highway in Englewood, New Jersey, across the Hudson from NYC.
You’d think that a bus stop this close to Downtown Pittsburgh and just half a mile from a light rail station and major bike path would be reasonably accessible, but Pittsburgh’s confusing road system gets in the way. This bus stop is alongside a four-lane highway that essentially serves as a full-speed connector between two major interstates, and has no sidewalks along the road. Instead, you can access the bus stop by a footbridge across the highway from Duquesne University, or via a lengthy rickety staircase from the bottom of a sheer 100-foot cliff.
Let the record show that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette went out and interviewed someone who waits at this stop, and he said it was actually pretty convenient.
Agencies responsible: Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Works
“climb over a guardrail or walk in highway traffic.”
Klatsky also shares this photo showing how transit riders have worn a path in the grass behind the guardrail:
That matches up with what one of our commenters pointed out: Even though the area isn’t pedestrian-friendly at all, this bus stop still gets plenty of use. It is served by NJ Transit and private jitney operators, on a route that runs from Paterson to the GW Bridge Terminal with high frequencies throughout the day. Route 4 in New Jersey is covered with bus stops like this, but despite the high transit usage, walkable connections from surrounding neighborhoods are in short supply.
Agencies responsible: New Jersey DOT, NJ Transit.