Riders sent us about two dozen locations of “sorry” bus stops in places such as Glen Burnie, Kensington and Chillum, each in Maryland, and McLean and Newington, each in Virginia. Some locations are described as “very dangerous,” “crumbling,” “uncomfortable” and with “overgrown vegetation.”
Interestingly, the infamous Silver Spring stop — at Crestmoor Drive, just north of Four Corners and south of the Shoppes of Burnt Mills — was nominated twice.
This map shows some of the “sorry” bus stops readers sent us, including Silver Spring (in red).
Transportation officials across the region say they recognize that a lot needs to be done to make many bus stops safer and more accessible. While some passengers wait at sheltered stops equipped with technology that alerts riders when the next bus is coming, others wait along busy thoroughfares where the only feature is essentially a flag stuck in the mud.
Of the region’s 19,000 bus stops, about one-third — or 6,200 — are inaccessible to wheelchair users and others with limited mobility, according to Metro. And even where improvements have been made, many stops fall short of true accessibility because they lack walkable pathways, accessibility and transit officials say.
Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said improvements have been made to more than 300 bus stops in the past year. She said Metro continues to work with the jurisdictions to improve the conditions at bus stops. In most places, the local governments are responsible for making the upgrades.
Here are some of the locations you nominated:
A reader nominated this bus stop in Kensington, and described it as “my stuff of nightmares. Take one step forward, and get hit by a car; take one step back, and get hit by a train. Add a narrow, windy road and a middle of nowhere location and you have the sorriest bus stop I’ve ever seen.”
A bus stop in Great Falls, Va., was described as a place “where you must stand either in mud or within 10 feet of the road. The only access is by crossing over two guardrails and a storm sewer drain or by walking almost 1/2 a mile to get to a U-turn crossing. Either way, there is nothing to protect you while crossing four lanes of Route 7 (soon to be six) of traffic.”
This bus stop on a narrow strip of grass between a highway and busy ramps with no sidewalks or crosswalks for access.
The reader who submitted this bus stop in McLean said it is in a ditch, where there are no nearby sidewalks and on busy Route 123, where cars whiz by at 50 mph.
A bus stop in Oxon Hill, in Prince George’s County, has “no bench, but you can sit on the guardrail. No shade, but the speeding traffic makes a strong breeze!”