Metro riders who frequent the University District will have noticed that recent building construction in the southwestern part of campus has forced a bus stop relocation along Campus Parkway. Both bays for the eastbound stop at Brooklyn Ave have been consolidated into one stop on the west side of the intersection, just outside the Lander-Terry dormitory complex. The stop has fairly high utilization, yielding mostly alightings from riders on the 71-74 series, as well as the 49.
One particular downside to the relocation is that the temporary stop comes to just about 500 feet from another existing stop on the same block. That’s a distance far shorter than the recommended quarter-mile for stop spacing. This means that passengers getting off at the first eastbound stop at 11th Ave can easily out-walk their own bus to the relocated stop when factoring in dwell times. Most of all, it’s frustrating for those who have to stay on the buses and sit through unnecessary waits. It goes without saying that Metro could really do away with the 11th Ave stop.
Though it’s just one stop, this kind of oversight has really become too commonplace with Metro. Send your comments in about the stop spacing to firstname.lastname@example.org.