Is a South Seattle bus stop, where would-be passengers have to stand on a narrow strip of grass between the road and railroad tracks, the worst bus stop in America? One very informal survey says it just might be.
Is an almost never-used bus stop in south Seattle, one that spits riders out onto a narrow tongue of grass between the roadway and active railroad tracks, the worst bus stop in the United States?
It’s in the running. At least according to one very unscientific survey. The bus stop is a finalist in “America’s Sorriest Bus Stop,” an informal poll conducted by StreetsBlog USA, a pro-transit news site. Seattle’s beleaguered bus stop has advanced from the sweet 16, to the finals by besting (or worsting?) shoddy stops in Fremont, California; San Diego, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The bus stop, on the southwest side of East Marginal Way South, mainly serves the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College. Only one bus route uses the stop, Route 154, which runs from the Tukwila light rail station past Boeing Field to Federal Center South.
“We recognize this bus stop won’t win any beauty contests,” Scott Gutierrez, a King County Metro spokesman, said. “It’s in an industrial area and currently has no ridership, with nearby stops that have almost no ridership, and we are currently looking at whether it should be removed.”
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The route runs only eight trips a day (weekdays only) and serves an average of 200 passengers a day, one of Metro’s slowest routes. Gutierrez said that the stop in question is used by zero riders per day. The stop across the street is used by two riders per weekday, Gutierrez said, and neighboring stops are used by either one or two riders per weekday.
“Metro has more than 8,000 bus stops,” Gutierrez said, “and we prioritize resources where improvements would benefit far greater numbers of Metro riders.”
In the finals, Seattle’s sad stop faces one from Munhall, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh, which also leaves passengers on a patch of grass between the roadway and railroad tracks. As of Wednesday noon, Munhall held a tenuous 100 vote lead.