Questions About Bus Stops

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The attack of the young man at a bus stop brings to mind something that I have been wondering for some time now.  Why do we have bus stops all over town that are often just a sign on the side of the road, no pull off area, no shelter and often no sidewalk?  

I have also noticed that on Brainerd Road there will often be a stop at almost every block or street, so it seems, again, often without a shelter, platform or sidewalk.  It is like door to door service.  This can't be good for schedules, contributes to traffic jams and is just generally annoying if you happen to get behind one of the buses stopping every 100 yards or so.  

I haven't noticed this to be the case in other cities where I often use public transportation when I ravel.  Most of places that I go, you have to actually go to a designated bus stop, not just wait on the side of the road near a sign like we have here.  Usually, most all bus stops have a place to wait, is well lit and has some type of shelter as well as information about routes and schedules.  

We do have that here in some places, but not everywhere.  Why? 

John Fricke

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