It's official: BC bus stop 'wins' award for being worst in North America
Earlier this month, a Metro Vancouver bus stop was being called out in a blog as one of the worst in North America.
Located on the Lougheed Highway, at the intersection of Lougheed and Old Dewdney Trunk Road, in Pitt Meadows, the stop was a top-four finalist in StreetBlog’s “Sorry Bus Stops” contest.
The local stop was the only Canadian finalist in the top four, competing against stops in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh.
Angie Schmitt, the author of the post, writes:
These bus stops aren’t just ugly. They’re hazards. They’re evidence that something has gone fundamentally wrong that people are being exposed daily to these conditions.
In the final vote, Vancouver ended up beating Cincinnati in a 58% to 42% “landslide.”
“There was something about Vancouver’s abomination that stood out. Maybe it was the sad guy in the white shirt. Maybe it was the ugly jersey barrier. Maybe it was just the desolation,” writes Schmitt.
Jason Lee, a local resident who “nominated” the stop in the contest, also revealed fundamental evidence regarding the danger of the stop.
“Lougheed Highway… is also one of the most dangerous [highways] in British Columbia – ranking second in the entire province with 33 fatal crashes over the 10-year period between 2004 and 2013,” he writes.
“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,” says Lee.
What a sorry bus stop indeed.