No sign, no stop for bus


Replacement light pole that was missing a sign for the No. 7 had some bus drivers thinking Canton stop was canceled

November 30, 2008|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,

The problem : Bus drivers didn't stop at an unmarked Canton bus stop.

The backstory: If a bus stop is missing its sign, should the driver still stop?

It's one of those philosophical questions that Gary Brukiewa has been asking himself.

The lifelong Canton resident says he takes the No. 7 bus, which is supposed to stop on Fait Avenue between Luzerne Avenue and Rose Street.

A sign had been affixed to a light pole there. But after the pole was knocked down in a traffic accident months ago, the pole was replaced - but not the bus stop sign.

"Sometimes we get drivers who say, 'I don't see a sign, so I don't stop,' " said Brukiewa, who noted that some drivers think the stop was discontinued.

Cheron Wicker, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration, confirmed that the stop on Fait Avenue was still active.

"The stop did not go away," she said. "Sometimes for safety reasons we will move a stop. That wasn't the case here."

As of Wednesday, Brukiewa no longer had to ponder his philosophical conundrum: The sign had been replaced.


Lorraine Doo, who wrote to Watchdog about Waverly Farmers' Market traffic backed up on Barclay Street at 33rd Street, reports that the situation has vastly improved.

Her husband and niece made it to the market last weekend and observed that the new traffic sensors promised by the city's Department of Transportation kept the signal green for at least 22 seconds, enough for six or seven vehicles to clear the intersection.

"That is a great improvement. ... I bet it will be even better next summer when there is really a lot of traffic," Doo wrote in an e-mail.

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