Bus stops are designated locations of commuter infrastructure where buses make determined stops to pick-up and drop-off passengers. Bus stops range in design from simple poles to complex structures with curated aesthetics, advertising potentials, and construction methods. Including posted bus timetables in printed and increasingly electronic forms, bus stops should ideally accommodate passengers with bench seating while waiting and shelter for protection from every type of weather. Bus stops are commonly found scattered throughout cities or bunched together at transportation centers.
Bus stops, originating in the early 19th century with horse-drawn omnibuses, evolved as public transportation systems developed. With the advent of motorized buses in the 20th century, designated stops became standard for efficiency and safety. Modern bus stops, often with shelters, seating, and information boards, continue to serve as crucial public transit nodes, reflecting changes in transportation technology and urban planning.
A bus stop is a designated area made known via a pole or sign where passengers are either able to wait to board or get off of one to make it to the desired destination. A bus stop typically features a bench or cover overhead to sit underneath.
Typically, a bench at a bus stop has a height ranging between 18 and 20 inches (45.7 and 50.8 cm). This range is considered to receive the maximum amount of functionality out of seating.
Though the distance between bus stops varies by city and country, bus stops are typically spaced around 600'-900' (182-274 m) apart to most readily serve the public at regular intervals. The capacity of buses and demand for service should also be considered with the placement of bus stops within the city.