The Search Is on for America’s Sorriest Bus Stop — Send Us Your Photos!

Last year's winner was this beauty in Seattle.
Last year's winner was this beauty in Seattle.

Summertime is sorry bus stop season here at Streetsblog.

To highlight the sad, decrepit, and outright dangerous state of our bus stops, each year we hold a 16-entry tournament to crown the Sorriest Bus Stop in America. Last year’s contest featured some absolute stunners, with Seattle (above) taking home the honors.

Good bus stops are not a frill. The comfort of the waiting environment is one of the most important aspects of the transit experience to bus riders, right after the quality of service and the price of a fare, according to TransitCenter’s “Who’s on Board” survey [PDF]. If walking to the bus stop and waiting for the bus feels nasty and degrading, people won’t want to ride the bus.

But too often, transportation departments and transit agencies — and the politicians who oversee them — treat the rider experience at bus stops as an afterthought. We run this contest every year to shame them into doing better.

If you live near a bus stop that screams “transit riders are second-class citizens,” send a photo, a link to the location on Google Maps, and a brief description to angie at streetsblog dot org by August 7, post that info in the comments or use our handy-dandy Google form here [Contest is now closed. Sorry!]. We accept bus stops of all stripes, but as we fill out the field of 16, extra weight will be given to entries in urban areas where more people count on the bus.

  • How do you even get to this bus stop? it is a highway. There is a fence in the median so you can’t get to the residential area (or southbound bus stop) on the west side. There is a forest to the east. There are no sidewalks or nearby intersections.

    https://goo.gl/maps/gAZdgDNfdeT2

    On the same highway, this one is fantastic because it looks like a model bus stop, assuming you can teleport to it.

    https://goo.gl/maps/fFmEtnSbCgN2

  • Jonas

    I would like to nominate this bus stop in Indianapolis. It is on a highway with a 55 mph speed limit and chain-link fence separating it from real property. In addition, the street that leads to it has no sidewalks.

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  • Cliff Bargar
  • Leo Piller

    I was going to nominate this stop also – walking across a freeway on-ramp without a crosswalk, under an unlit overpass, and up a staircase with plenty of blind corners has to rank pretty high on the sorry bus stop list.

  • HamTech87

    This mud pit, snow pile or just awful unsheltered bus stop in Westchester County, New York, is closest connection for people to reach a new mixed-use development called Rivertowns Square. The bus stop is really dark and scary at night with no ‘eyes on the street’ at all, and with motorists speeding past at 50mph (posted speed limit is 40mph).

    Between the bus stop and the the development is a strip that has only some sidewalk; dirt path for the rest which doesn’t get plowed in winter so people just walk in the street with traffic. One of the utility polls has a cable with spiky metal at eye level (for someone 6′ tall). The building has a stone wall facing the walking route and was nice enough to put up ‘nature band-aids’ to compensate, but didn’t bother to add windows to make the street a bit more pleasant.

    Then there is the Saw Mill River Parkway to cross. You have to wait as 60mph+ drivers are speeding past until the light turns green. Drivers are turning into the crosswalk.

    It generally sucks.

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  • HamTech87

    Here’s the crosswalk waiting spot on the Saw Mill River Parkway to go from the bus stop to Rivertowns Square. As you can see from the photo, waiting people have to deal with drivers taking their motor vehicles onto the sidewalk ramp (see tire tracks). Again, a guard rail is there to protect motorists, not pedestrians. Also note that a motorist has already struck the pole holding the ‘beg button’.

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  • Kenji

    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4286334,-71.1026112,3a,75y,352.54h,76.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJNl4X9dcgPeK7dBWkwrYXg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    This bus stop for the 100 and 325 routes of Boston’s MBTA is on a rotary onramp to Interstate 93. The bus stops ON THE ROTARY. There’s a return bus stop on the other side of the rotary between two exits of the rotary. Many fender benders, somehow I don’t think any pedestrians have been struck.

  • Mohamed Saleh

    With more than 70 percent of the world’s population expected
    to live in cities by 2050, urban resilience has never been more important — or
    more urgent. (According to the World Bank report) Rapid urbanization and
    motorization: Cities will be home to some 5.4 billion residents by 2050,
    equivalent to 2/3 of the projected global population. The number of vehicles on
    the road will double to reach 2 billion by 2050.
    According to the RAC, a driver recovering from being dazzled
    for five seconds while driving at 60mph, would cover a distance of 134m – more
    than the length of a football pitch.
    Among the 88% who think at least some modern car headlights
    are too bright, 49% claim to dazzled by headlights in their rear view mirror.
    66% of respondents say they now struggle to tell if oncoming
    lights are on full or dipped beam, while 68% admit to having difficulty telling
    whether some approaching vehicles have their indicators on due to the
    brightness of the headlights.
    RAC road safety spokesman, said: “The intensity and
    brightness of some new car headlights is clearly causing difficulty for other
    road users.

    The main reason for this has not happened to the place of
    installation of the night lighting system currently used in all vehicles in the
    foreground directly, any practical development since the invention of the first
    car in 1886 to now, Where the light of, like a shot with random force in all
    directions even to sky, without control at a speed of 300,000 m/s to hit the
    optic nerve force of the person or animals are not qualified to bear this
    strong blow and cannot tolerate and temporary blindness is the main reason to
    increase nighttime accidents.
    Because now there is no any control in steering the light
    away from the eyes of others, the only control available now is to turn on the
    lighting or stop.
    I introduced a patented for night lighting system currently
    used in all vehicles to reduce night accidents, to enhance night vision and to
    redirect extra strong lighten to a horizontal level near to the ground to avoid
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    Projector (Extra Spotlights through Xenon, Laser or LED bulbs with
    fibers-lights) Innovation For all vehicles,
    With installation inside body vehicle to the rear is far
    from the front, to control such glow on, then redirected to the front for
    radiate through fiber-lights and other luminous elements, They are installed
    inside the projector at specific angles and degrees to control the direction of
    light away from the vision of others.
    With installation of light sensors on the light output of
    the projector at front of the vehicle and another sensor in the level of the
    driver’s view of the opposite vehicles for successive control of high light
    rise under level of sensitivity in level of vision of other driver.
    A mobile communication system is created between the
    lighting sensors to control the elevation of the light only to a horizontal
    level far from the eyes of others.
    Light control stops the diffraction, of light reflection
    from snow when it falls and covers everything on the roads with a white
    crystalline layer, considering that the crystalline ice property becomes a
    powerful reflector of light from everything on the road collides with the
    strong night lighting system now used directly in all vehicles where it starts
    The light is a random force in all directions without control and the road
    becomes ignited, causing severe interference to the driver’s vision and all
    those on the road. The practical solution available now is to control the
    steering of the light in front of the vehicle only, at a level near the ground
    to reduce the reflections of light on all places covered by snow; this is only
    available at using invention.
    Also when the fog suddenly falls, the powerful foreground
    lighting used in all the vehicles becomes very confusing because the fog is
    made up of small atoms of water vapor. When the light collides with it, Which
    consists of contiguous straight photons at speeds of 300,000 m / s, to collide
    with steam atoms and move them between them at the same speed and as a result
    of the heat of friction between them are divided into parts moving very quickly
    to become a curtain prevents vision, so we find the fog moving at the
    brightness of light and then evaporates. Therefore, the invention controls the
    high level of light from the Earth so that the movement of fog (water vapor
    atoms) is far from the level of view of others.
    This invention to reduce the killing of one and a quarter
    million human beings annually (3500 daily) in road accidents, Even if the
    accident reduction rate is 1% the lives of 35 people will be preserved daily.
    It should be used now when two vehicles are encountered
    while walking opposite in the direction, especially on the dark narrow roads,
    When approach each other the strong headlights become very
    painful because they cause severe interference to the vision, as they approach
    each other, leading to a complete loss of vision and forcing the two drivers to
    turn off the strong lights and walk only in the light of small lights so that
    each car can Is a way away from the collision of the two vehicles and without
    disturbing the vision of the road to each of the leaders of the two vehicles to
    the other where this causes the loss of focus to make a decision and the right
    place. These small lights do not help them to identify the road completely
    security and not see everything to a distance of not more than five meters
    only, when approaching the two vehicles and the emergence of anything suddenly
    or a slight deviation in a second is the cause of the accident, so the
    installation of additional powerful lamps from xenon or laser or LED with
    fiber-lights to increase the power of light and control Direction is a
    practical solution where the center of the dazzling light (searchlights and
    bulbs) is hidden inside the body of the car back from the bottom away from the
    front with the use of the body of the car itself umbrella to bring light in the
    level of horizontal close to the ground.
    So, now must be benefit of the space below buses for
    passenger and Heavy transport vehicles.

    Also most important problem in night lighting system used
    now all vehicles is one of important reasons for spread of light pollution to
    the environment, As a result of the start of light with random force without
    control in directions even to the sky. Intended optical pollution damage caused
    by non-natural lighting at night and the impact of the sky darkness, effects of
    artificial light at night birds, animals, plants, fungi environmental
    regulations and high temperature of the earth…
    What is Light Pollution?
    Most of us are familiar with air, water, and land pollution,
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    Mohamed Metwalli Khalifa Saleh (Mohamed Saleh)

    mohamed_metwaly333@yahoo.com

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  • Edgar

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    Posting the bus stop at University Pkwy. and Cooper Creek. In Manatee County but operated by SCAT. Google Streetview: https://www.google.com/maps/@27.3885436,-82.4586581,3a,75y,52.66h,82.88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKfLsygsH2gl0NKGQ1w9Sjg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en&authuser=0

    You can’t walk to the bus stop without walking into a ditch, onto an incline, or in the road. Cars are merging in your direction. The speed limit is 50 mph. Area reflects a great focus on cars but almost none on walking, biking, or buses.

  • Kirk Becker

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