Beyond the city limits

This post on Planetizen raises some interesting points about the overlapping and competing needs of intercity bus riders and intracity transit users.  Most notable to me is the point the author makes about the location of the long-distance (Greyhound, etc.) bus station in the context of the destination city and its existing transit system.  Austin’s bus station is located in an area that, at the moment (i.e., pre-redevelopment of Highland Mall), does not feel to me like an area particularly appealing for pedestrians or those making transit connections, though a bus stop is across the street.  The station is right near a freeway overpass and the dining/shopping/services options nearby are a bit awkward to reach on foot.  But Walk Score does rate the bus station high on its rating of walkability, so perhaps I underestimate its value to pedestrians.  Nevertheless, I think  cities would do well both to co-locate Amtrak/Greyhound stations in areas that allow arriving passengers convenient access to hotels, restaurants, services, and the like, and ensure that the walks to and from the station are safe, well-lit, and smooth.

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