I posed Roxanne Hooper's question about bus stop locations [Relocate bus stops, for safety sake, Sept. 25 Looking In, TIMES] to my husband, who is a bus driver.
He suspects bus stops are intentionally positioned after intersections, as a safety concern.
Let's face it, nobody likes to get stuck behind a bus - they are too big to see around, they are loud and noisy, and they are slow-moving when they do move.
Drivers get impatient and routinely cut around just to get in front of a bus.
My husband surmises that, if bus stops were positioned before intersections, there could be some impatient driver needing to make a right hand turn at the intersection who might jut out in the lefthand lane, speed up in order to pass the bus, then cut in front of the bus again to make the turn, all before the light turns red and/or the bus reaches the intersection first.
Now imagine if the bus driver had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the right-turning vehicle - with a bus load of passengers.
And unlike vehicles, buses don't have seatbelts!
Christine Hengen, Maple Ridge