America: Show Us Your Best Bus Stops!
March at Streetsblog usually means it’s time for our annual send-up of sub-par transit across the country: the beloved America’s Sorriest Bus Stop contest.
But this year, we’re switching things up.
For 2022 only, we’re inviting you to send us your submissions for America’s Best Bus Stop.
That’s right: we’re taking a break from poring through pictures of dirty, undignified and downright dangerous stops and taking a look at the U.S. transit agencies who are getting it right at their waiting areas — and what structural factors make it possible for them to do it, so we can create those conditions everywhere.
Does your favorite stop in town have a shelter, a bench, and a sidewalk going all the way up to the loading zone? Is it holistically accessible to people of all ages and abilities, not just checking (or utterly failing to check) the most basic of ADA boxes? Does it have a heater for cold winter days or air conditioning for hot summers? Public art? A snack kiosk? Does it have (gasp) a clean public restroom that the city doesn’t keep locked at all times?
If so, we want to see it — and whatever other wonders that might await a passenger while they wait for a bus in your place.
Look: we know it might be a pretty short contest. We know there are way more bad bus stops in the U.S. than there are good ones. But this year, let’s give the hard-working transit professionals of America a boost — and give everyone else a great example of how to do better.
Here’s what we’ll need from you by Monday, March 14:
- A photo of your stupendous bus stop — taken by you, or a link to the location on Google Maps where we can grab a screenshot from Street View.
- The location of your stop — either the closest street address, or a link to the location on Google Maps.
- The name of the line and transit system that the stop serves (please be as specific as possible, so we know which agency to call to congratulate them!)
- If you know it: a link to the Twitter handle for the public agency responsible for maintaining that stop.
- A few words about why this bus stop deserves a little celebration.
Again: the deadline is Monday, March 14.