Sorry Bus Stops: Miami vs. New Orleans

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If you harbor any doubt that America treats bus riders as second-class citizens, look no further than these two bus stops.

Miami and New Orleans face off as we deliver more first round action in the 2018 Sorriest Bus Stop tournament. At these bus stops, car-centric development, poor maintenance, and plain old neglect have conspired to deliver horrific waiting environments for bus riders. Our cities need to do better.

So far NashvilleCincinnatiBeverly HillsPittsburgh, and McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, have sent bus tops through to the Elite Eight. Which of these bus stops deserves to join them?

Miami

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This horrifying stop in the Miami suburb of Davie, Florida, comes to us from reader Ryan Shedd.

It’s on Route 84, a Florida DOT service road for I-595, and it’s on the wrong side of a highway sound barrier. Bus riders walk through a gap in the sound barrier to get between this stop and the suburban housing development on the other side.

This bus stop illustrates how irregular suburban street networks that funnel traffic onto highways are incompatible with good transit. There are a lot of homes near this bus stop, but the streets where those homes are located don’t form a walkable grid. Instead of walking to a human-scaled avenue to catch the bus, riders have to head out to this hellacious traffic sewer.

New Orleans

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Reader Lawrence Mason submitted this sorry, sorry bus stop on Sullen Place in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. Mason writes:

The grass surrounding the bus stop has grown well beyond four feet in height — except for a patch of grass that is kept at ankle/shin height. Additionally, this stop has no sidewalk despite its location right across the street from an apartment complex.

The stop is served by multiple RTA bus routes, but it looks like this is a failure of the city and its Department of Public Works more than the transit agency.

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  • I cant find the access point to that Miami stop

  • Orcutt

    Voting for Miami as a fan favorite!

  • Uchenna Kema

    You all need to come down to south jersey if you think this is bad! There are some “wew lad” stops

  • Brenden Resnick

    It’s a bit further down the road, chain link fence I believe.

  • David

    I’m voting for the Miami stop. It has a few “bonus” features:
    1. access point through the sound wall is not near the bus stop itself
    2. there is no pull-out for the bus, so everyone has to hope cars have merged left before hitting the bus
    3. Google Maps shows the bus stop as being quite a ways from its actual location

  • Michael

    Get a weedwacker. Sometimes citizens have to just pick trash, pull weeds, clean up random dog turds… don’t rely on anyone else doing it.

    I pick 5-10 pieces of random trash every time i’m outside.

  • zucho drig

    Miami: Bus riders don’t walk through a gap, because there are locked gates to wasteland under transmission lines.
    https://goo.gl/maps/5Rjp825PiWH2 by this link it’s obvious that the neighborhood isn’t pedestrian-friendly at all, impving bus stop won’t help and only waste resources that could be used for something else (e.g. impoving bus stop that’s actually *used*. )

  • FrankinVA

    Miami because while they pretend to provide a good stop with a pad and seating, I can’t locate the gap in the sound wall that would permit access to and from the residential area. This stop serve nothing, The New Orleans stop is awful but at least there is no pretense

  • John Maier

    Miami!!

  • Fite Whaggot

    The one thats ‘Miami’ is technically not within the city limits. So New Orleans because that grass just looks too high and you dont know what might come out of it.

  • Stephen Simac

    Technically Davie is a Ft. Lauderdale suburb in Broward, the next county north from Dade where Miami is. St. Rd 84 was where I successfully lobbied the county commission to pave a separate bike path to Broward Community College in 1976. This was one road where separate was definitely safer, because it was a four lane divided highway with 55mph speed limit and no shoulders. Freaks me out even now to think I rode it for two years to get to BCC, Glad it wasn’t a memorial path. A 4′ separated path was put in for the section from St. Rd 441 to the college turnoff, which also went to Davie. Unfortunately it was soon covered with glass and sand and when 8 lane I-595 was built, it was paved over with nothing put in place, although state law required replacement. But I-595 was a federal project.

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