“Sorry Bus Stop” Contest’s Last Elite Eight Matchup: Beverly Hills vs. Vancouver

Beverly Hills vs Vancouver

The last spot in the Final Four of Streetsblog’s annual “Sorry Bus Stop” contest is up for grabs today as we pair up two West Coast heavy hitters.

Cincinnati and New Orleans have already moved into the coveted semi-finals. Meanwhile, Suffolk County is still duking it out with Pittsburgh for the third spot (vote now!).

So the final spot will go to a grubby spot in famously tony Beverly Hills or a scary situation on the outskirts of Vancouver. Vote below:

Beverly Hills, Calif.

beverly hills bus stop

This is the famous Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. It’s basically a racetrack, naturally. This particular stop serves the Beverly Hills neighborhood. It was submitted by an anonymous reader, who writes:

In the middle of one of the richest cities, Beverly Hills, there is a bus stop carved out of overgrown vines — no sidewalk as far as the eye can see. 700 feet to the nearest marked crossing on one side. 1.2 miles on the other. 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.

Just for fun, here’s the view on the other side of the street.

beverly hills house

The lowly status of bus riders could not be clearer.

This stop is served by Los Angeles Metro bus routes 2 and 302. Beverly Hills seems to be to blame for the sad conditions here though.

Suburban Vancouver, B.C.

vancouver bus stop

So this bus stop is in Canada, readers have pointed out. But Streetsblog’s “Sorry Bus Stop” contest includes all the Americas, especially if there is a really good stop in Canada or a U.S. territory. And this is an absolutely terrible bus stop.

It’s located on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, about 25 miles from Vancouver. Reader Jason Lee sent us this entry, saying:

Lougheed Highway is a major arterial linking Vancouver’s exurbs with its inner-ring suburbs. It is also one of the most dangerous in British Columbia — ranking second in the entire province with 33 fatal crashes over the 10-year period between 2004 and 2013. Translink, Vancouver’s well-respected transit agency, has been investing a lot of service in suburban areas, with impressive ridership growth. The routes that serves Lougheed Highway — the 701 and express companion, the 791 — together provide service at least every 15 minutes or better, seven days per week, serving over 8,600 trips on an average weekday. Bus stop 61452 [pictured above], located in the westbound direction of Lougheed Highway and Old Dewdney Trunk Road, is a major safety hazard. At that point, Lougheed Highway consists of four lanes in each direction (one of which is a bus lane), with speeds of 50 mph or higher. The bus stop pole is located atop a jersey barrier, which serves as a buffer between speeding cars and the edge of the roadway. Transit riders are forced to either a) wait on the other side of the jersey barrier, and then climb over it when the bus arrives, or b) wait on the highway side of barrier, directly exposed to traffic. Riders in wheelchairs must wait on the highway side of the barrier. The roadway can also be slick; that part of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland receives nearly 58 inches of precipitation per year, most of it concentrated during the dark winter months. This bus stop is a disaster waiting to happen. In my three decades of riding transit, I have never seen a bus stop designed like this. During my journey on the 701 less than two weeks ago, I saw a group of people climb over the jersey barrier to get on the bus. They appeared to be non-English speakers who were carrying buckets of berries they had harvested, captive riders who could easily have become the latest victims of speeding cars along Lougheed Highway.

The stop is served by Translink’s Line 701, which provides frequent service, and 791. Lougheed Highway, however, is the responsibility of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation.

 

  • I am familiar with both of the stops, and the Beverly Hills one wins hands down as, despite appearances, it will actually get you killed.

    While the Pitt Meadows (Vancouver) stop looks bloody dangerous, I haven’t every seen anyone crash into that stop despite growing up in the area. I visited Beverly Hills once for 3 days, and saw a car that had plowed at high speed into the bus stop just around the corner from today’s nominee. Cars in the rain go just as fast down Sunset Boulevard (and then out of control) as I’ve ever seen going down the Lougheed Highway.

  • Robert Kania

    I would be willing to bet some money that Vancouver is going to win the whole tournament.

  • qrt145

    I wouldn’t call these bus stops “sorry”, but criminally negligent (OK, not the stops themselves, but the people responsible for them!)

  • Monica Miller

    The one in Beverly Hills is bad, but, unfortunately, not that unusual. The one in BC is unusually awful.

  • txoxy

    Perhaps Vancouver should lend Beverly Hills some of its Jersey Walls?

  • 1LoneWolfess

    It wasn’t much better before they widened the highway, either….. I used to live in the region. Don’t miss driving there but I do miss living there (in the region).

  • 1LoneWolfess

    It’s actually called “No-Post”. Jersey Barrier is a different design and, from what I understand, is called K-Rail in the US and parts of Canada where it’s (Jersey Barrier) is used.

  • EnterpriseT

    It is worth noting that the British Columbia Lower Mainland has a much more nuanced relationship with Translink than the reader leads on. Opinions of the organization vary depending on where in the service area you live, with the largest criticisms being on organizational structure, decision making processes, and the fact that service varies greatly from location to location.

    Also worth noting that BC does not use Jersey Barrier. It has it’s own shape of Barrier CRB-E/H to and CMB-E/H depending on the application. The shape is based on studies that showed certain barrier shapes performed more safely than Jersey Barrier.

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