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Why are bus stops located in dangerous places such as turn lanes?

Julian March
StarNews

Q. Why are bus stops located in dangerous places? For instance, on Dawson right before you get to 16th Street, the bus stop is actually in a turning lane. Also the ones on 17th street near the hospital. I have witnessed so many “near wrecks” because the buses take up cars’ space and leave the car nowhere to go except in the next person’s lane. Did anyone put any thought about safety into where these stops were designated?

A. We posed the question to Albert Eby, the executive director of Wave Transit. Here is his response:

“Bus stops are located in the lane that is closest to the curb so passengers do not have to cross in front of traffic to get to a sidewalk or out of the street. This is particularly important for passengers in wheelchairs. This sometimes puts the bus in a right turn lane.

“Bus stops are generally located before an intersection with a traffic signal because motorists expect to stop at a traffic light and buses could impede traffic if they stopped immediately after a controlled intersection. This often leads to bus stops in dedicated turning lanes.

“We experience very few rear-end collisions and standard transit planning is to put the safety of passengers/pedestrians first. All stops and routes are planned with safety in mind.”

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