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America’s Sorriest Bus Stop: Seattle vs. Chapel Hill

3:16 PM PDT on September 13, 2017

From our field of 16 sorry bus stops, we're almost down to the Final Four.

Just five contenders remain: Seattle, Chapel Hill, and Englewood have all secured spots in the semifinals. We're still waiting on the results of the Omaha vs. Munhall match (you can weigh in until tomorrow).

Now soak up the ghastliness of these two bus stops in Seattle and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, facing off for a chance at everlasting shame in Streetsblog's 2017 sorriest bus stop championship.

Seattle

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This stop, nominated by Alexander Lew, beat San Diego and Fremont, California, in previous rounds of competition. Its impressive run rests on its position between a highway and a set of active freight train tracks.

The industrial area served by the stop is not far from downtown, and there's a small community college right across the street.

Agencies responsible: Washington DOT, King County Metro.

Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill

Kira Glynn nominated this stop, which beat stops in San Juan and Tampa to advance to this stage, and she's in it to win it. She's sent us half a dozen photos and a video to document.

Students and staff at UNC Chapel Hill use this bus stop a lot, but there's no safe way to cross the divided highway.

In this clip you can see a man disembark, cross half the highway, then walk between lanes of noisy traffic on the median to get where he's going. Not good.

Responsible agencies: NC DOT, Chapel Hill Transit.

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