Is this Vancouver bus stop the worst in North America?

A bus stop on Loughheed Highway has been labelled one of the “sorriest, most dangerous and neglected bus stops”

Would you be brave enough to wait at this Vancouver bus stop?

It’s located on the busy Loughheed Highway at Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows, B.C., about 40km outside of Vancouver.

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Basically,  you would have to stand on the highway – exposed to traffic, unless you wanted to jump the jersey barrier when the bus arrived.

It has been voted as one of worst bus stops in North America in Streets Blog USA’s annual Sorry Bus Stops contest, and it’s easy to see why.

The contest narrowed down dozens of public nominations of the “sorriest, most dangerous and neglected bus stops” to a list of 16. The public then voted and they’re now down to the top four.

The Pit Meadows bus stop was submitted by Jason Lee, who labelled it a “disaster waiting to happen" in his submission.

“The bus stop pole is located atop a jersey barrier, which serves as a buffer between speeding cars and the edge of the roadway,” he wrote in his submission.

“Transit riders are forced to either a) wait on the other side of the jersey barrier, and then climb over it when the bus arrives, or b) wait on the highway side of barrier, directly exposed to traffic.

“Riders in wheelchairs must wait on the highway side of the barrier.”

Lee also highlighted that the roadway could also be slick.

“That part of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland receives nearly 58 inches of precipitation per year, most of it concentrated during the dark winter months," he wrote.

“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."

The busy highway is managed by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation. The Courier is awaiting a response on the issue.

The bus stop has been flagged with Translink as a safety issue.

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