Thanks to a competition at Streetsblog, our dangerous bus stop is in the running to become "America’s Sorriest Bus Stop".
|Our sorry bus stop. All photos by the author.|
The bus stop was nominated by my friend and fellow blogger Dan Reed of Just Up The Pike. The Streetsblog contest is a March Madness-style completion, where voters determine which bus stop is worse through 4 rounds. Currently, the Crestmoor stop is in the Elite Eight, and it has far more votes than its current opponent, another sorry bus stop located in Asheville, NC. The polls for this round close tonight, and it looks like the Crestmoor stop is headed for the Final Four (but vote for it here anyway!).
|Looking south on Route 29 from the bus stop.|
I had to wait a while to make both crossings (I started recording when a gap in traffic was coming up), since the traffic flow is fairly constant, even with the signals at Trader Joe's and Southwood providing some gaps. I got caught out in the middle during both crossings, since finding a point in time where all 6 lanes are clear proved difficult. On the second crossing, I got stuck in the median for about 30 seconds.
To a person exercising common sense, it's clear that a traffic light or even a marked crosswalk without a light would improve this situation (because something is better than nothing). Last summer, my neighbor Ted Henson and I worked with Councilmember Hucker's office to request that the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) do something to improve safety at this crossing. Despite our best efforts and reasoned arguments, the SHA refused to do anything, claiming that the intersection is reasonably safe in its present form, with no improvements needed.
|The view as one waits in the median to reach the bus stop.|
|Panoramic view from the stop.|