Sorry Bus Stops Round 1 Matchup: A Golden State Battle of San Diego vs. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills vs. San Diego

We’re continuing our tour through America’s sorriest bus stops today, as we match up two new cities out of the 16 finalists in this year’s competition.

Earlier this week, Nashville knocked out Houston for the first spot in the second round. Voting is still open for yesterday’s matchup, Cincinnati vs. Ann Arbor.

Today’s pair of sorry, sorry stops comes to us from the state of California, pitting two well-to-do, car-centric cities that should know better. So in this corner, it’s …

Beverly Hills

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Even in a famously wealthy suburb, officials did not make waiting for the bus comfortable, or at least safe, at this stop at 9907 Sunset Boulevard. The anonymous reader who submitted the entry writes that the stop is 700 feet from the nearest crosswalk. And that’s unacceptable because wealthy suburbs are in some ways even more likelier to need good bus stops:
The domestic workers in these people’s homes take the 2 and 302 to get to get to work daily from poorer neighborhoods like Hollywood — and are left on a dirt patch with no safe crossing anywhere, and nowhere safe to wait.
This stop is served by LA Metro’s 2 and 302 routes, but Metro can’t be blamed for this five-lane road with no sidewalks. And in the far corner…

San Diego

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Nothing like waiting for the bus on an island in the middle of a freeway exchange! We can always count on San Diego for an entry in this competition and this year is no different. This stop is located at Taylor Street and Interstate 8.
“It’s unsafe to get to and breathe at,” said Rose Margaret Kelly, who submitted the stop, which serves the 88 Bus from San Diego’s MTS.

15 thoughts on Sorry Bus Stops Round 1 Matchup: A Golden State Battle of San Diego vs. Beverly Hills

  1. These bus stops show beyond any doubt how our society esteems and values its public transportation system and those who ride it. Public transit has long been relegated to the bottom rung of our society’s totem pole of priorities, as this litany of desolate bus stops all across the country so clearly shows us. Public transit is a deliberately neglected afterthought, set aside for the faceless poor who use it to scurry anonymously to and from our nation’s wealthier neighborhoods where they perform those chores we consider too lowly and too beneath our dignity to do ourselves. Low-life treatment of people we go out of our way to avoid – but still rely on to do our lowly chores. Therefore, we provide them with absolutely the bare minimum of facilities we possibly can. Toilet-Scrubber Transportation for our toilet-scrubbing people.

  2. Having ridden the #2 for most of its length (which takes a lifetime in itsself), I can attest that it is actually very heavily used and people really do wait at these horrible stops in Beverly Hills.

    Looking at the map, I can’t see any reason why the stop in San Diego should exist besides some sort of spacing guideline that was followed a little too religiously. It seems to serve a steep wooded hillside on on side and a freeway on the other with nothing but the road in-between. Everything you might need to get to is served by closer bus stops…

  3. In most cases, the transit agency only controls whether there is a bench or shelter, and where the stop is. The transportation agency responsible for the road is responsible for the sidewalk or lack thereof, and safe crossings of the road. Plenty of blame to go around.

  4. Mark, you are so right – only you are kidding yourself mightily if for even one second you think that transit managers would ACTUALLY EVER stoop so low as to RIDE their own product. They know all too well how lousy their bus systems are, but they simply DON’T CARE! They get to drive to work and have parking privileges there.

  5. Dan, it should be the ENTIRE community’s responsibility (not siloed off among compartmentalized and isolated agencies, as you describe this situation) to see to it that bus stops are well-placed, well-designed, and integrated into the fabric of the community as a whole. They must be user-friendly. safe and hospitable.

  6. I think Beverly Hills wins since people actually use the bus stop and don’t have an alternative to using it.

  7. It’s been said the only reason Beverly Hills allows buses to run through their, um, city, *is* so “the help” can get to work.

  8. I have been in LA once for a conference at UCLA. I had booked a cheap hotel in Hollywood and took the bus along Sunset Boulevard for three days. On the third day, it had rained a bit, and on the way to the hotel, I saw that a speeding car had missed the corner and obliterated the eastbound bus stop at Whittier, one stop down from this nominee.

    It’s not just the quality of the bus stop here, but the behaviour of people driving recklessly on a winding urban street that cinches the Beverly Hills stop as the worst one of this tournament.

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