Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
America's Sorriest Bus Stop 2016

America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Buffalo vs. Rochester

4:22 PM EDT on July 25, 2016

With today's match, the field of 16 in the running for the title of Sorriest Bus Stop in America has been revealed. Shame on the DOTs and transit agencies that make transit riders trek over dangerous streets to these terrible waiting environments.

The two final bus stops in the competition are outside Buffalo and Rochester -- an Empire State showdown.

Buffalo

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 2.00.59 PM
false

Express buses serve this stop on Highway 5 in the town of Hamburg, south of Buffalo. It comes from an anonymous submitter, who writes:

I don't know how you could cross this 55 mph 6-lane highway to get to it, even if you wanted to...

To be fair, the NFTA (Buffalo's transit agency) does a fairly good job usually. But, the little village governments of the southern suburbs really don't believe in public transit, so the agency is pretty limited in what it can provide down there.

Agencies in charge: New York State DOT, Town of Hamburg, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Rochester

henrietta_wegmans
false

This stop comes to us from Jason Haremza, who writes:

This bus stop is part of the Regional Transit System (RTS), the public transit provider for the Rochester, NY region. It is along the edge of Hylan Drive, in the Town of Henrietta, a large suburban municipality just south of Rochester. This stop is in front of a Wegmans Supermarket, and a strip mall with a variety of other stores. The stop, as you can see, is along the public street (Hylan Drive, owned and maintained by Monroe County). The front of the Wegmans store is approximately 450 feet back, behind a large parking lot. There is no pedestrian access from the store to the bus stop, not even a crosswalk painted on the parking lot. Pedestrians, many with groceries, are forced to negotiate through the moving vehicles of the parking lot. Once at the stop, there are no sidewalks or even a paved pad to wait on. Depending on the season, transit riders are forced to wait in the dust/mud/snow.

Henrietta is home to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), approximately 3.5 miles west of this stop and served by the same bus route. With approximately 30,000 students, RIT is the region's largest institution of higher learning. This Wegmans store is often patronized by RIT students, many of whom are international.

The Town of Henrietta was extraordinarily derelict in it's duty to review and approve the site plan of this retail development without any apparent consideration for pedestrian access. The developer of the retail development, as well as Wegmans, which makes healthy living a special part of its marketing through the 'Eat Well, Live Well' campaign. Despite the campaign specifically noting that "some physical activity is better than none. Get the OK from your doctor, then strap on a pedometer and find out how much activity you regularly do. Gradually add activity over several weeks and build to a goal of 10,000 steps a day" this does not, evidently, mean supporting active transportation. Monroe County Department of Transportation is derelict in not constructing sidewalks along Hylan Drive.

Agencies in charge: Monroe County DOT, Town of Henrietta, Rochester Regional Transit System.

Here's a map of all the contestants so far, with today's highlighted in green.

And here is the bracket you've been waiting for. Note that the voting is open in the Atlanta vs. Asheville match until midnight tonight.

bus_stop_2016
false

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Serious Crash in Greenpoint Again Reveals Flaws in City Design, Enforcement Against Reckless Drivers

A woman was seriously injured — and is clinging to life — because a driver with a long record of recklessness slammed into her on a Greenpoint Street as she came home with milk.

February 22, 2024

POWER PLAY: City Moves to Put Thousands More E-Car Chargers on the Sidewalk

We should stop and think before giving over curbside space to car drivers, a mistake the city made in the 1950s.

February 22, 2024

Bill to Cut Vehicle Miles in New York Would Also Reduce Traffic Deaths, Costs and Pollution

"As this data makes clear, a new approach will not only protect our climate, but also make New York a safer, more affordable place to live," said state Sen. Andrew Gounardes.

February 22, 2024

Thursday’s Headlines: Celebrate What’s Good About Our City Edition

It's now less than one week til the annual "Public Space Awards" on Thursday. Get your tickets now. Plus other news.

February 22, 2024

Underhill Ave. Still In Limbo Two Weeks After Mayor Promised Decision in ‘A Day Or So’

The mayor's perception of time differs from that of mere mortals, but he did say on Feb. 5 that he would decide "in a day or so." It's been two weeks.

February 21, 2024
See all posts