An International 'Winner' for the Sorriest Bus Stop in America
A post by Gersh Kuntzman shares the stunning conclusion of the 2018 Sorriest Bus Stop in America contest.
"The horrendous bus stop on the Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows, just outside of Vancouver, has won our annual contest, trouncing Cincinnati in a 58%-42% landslide," according to Kuntzman.
Kuntzman notes a mitigating factor in the vote:
During our three-day balloting, officials with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Agency told Streetsblog that they had removed their extremely sorry bus stop in our finals, forcing remaining voters to make a choice: vote for the lone existing sorry bus stop finalist or make a sentimental selection to anoint Cincy as the winner given that it was so bad that the agency was shamed into fixing it.
Streetsblog reader Jason Lee submitted the nomination, and his description of the sorry characteristics of the stop created by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation.
Unlike SORTA, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has not taken action to fix the stop, blaming TransLink for its decision “to designate this a bus stop” in the first place. The ministry added, “It’s concerning to hear that people using this bus stop don’t feel safe, and appreciate that this photo has been brought to our attention. We are in the process of setting up meetings with TransLink … to see what we can do to make the bus stop more adequate.”