Back when I used to get around by bus, I can recall quite a few frigid, dark, winter nights when a bus simply drove past me. I was cold. I was pissed. I was late.
I also thought the bus driver was a jerk. Of course, I might have been wrong. At dark bus stops, drivers sometimes fail to see people waiting for the bus.
Enter the "BusStopper." The cylindrical device is covered in reflective tape. People at dark bus stops simply grab ahold of it and pull it up and down (yeah, I'm aware of how that sounds), and the headlights from the bus catch the flashing light.
Pretty simple stuff. And really, pretty brilliant. The BusStopper is being installed at several dark bus stops around town, so keep an eye out for it, and remember to give it a good wiggle when you see your bus coming.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit Installs Devices to Help Shine Some Light on Customers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Mountain Metropolitan Transit has installed 25 reflective devices at bus stops to help customers safely signal a bus driver at night or during the early morning hours. The Bus Stopper devices were installed at bus stops that were recommended by bus drivers and other bus stops with low lighting and high ridership.
“With daylight savings time approaching these devices will help bus drivers see customers in low light conditions”, commented Craig Blewitt, director Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “We are monitoring how effective the devices are and hope to install more in 2016 if customers and drivers find them to be beneficial.”
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA Paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program.