Safety concerns lead to designated bus stops in Meriden

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There are some big changes to the way people get on buses in the city of Meriden. It’s all to make things a bit safer.

No longer will you be able to wave down a bus in Meriden and hop on. There will be designated bus stops and these changes take effect Tuesday.

Passengers waving down a bus to stop is the thing of the past. The transit administrator said the old-fashioned system gave it a hometown feel but said it was a safety issue. After a Meriden transit board meeting, city leaders decided to make the change for safety. Now buses will stop where the designated signs are.

“It is also safer because you don’t make a habit of stopping in the middle of an intersection or too close to an intersection. They’ve got the designated stops far enough from driveway and busy places not to be a hazard to themselves or anybody else,” said Allan Church, Transit Administrator.

Church says Blue CT Transit bus stops signs will be posted at designated pickup and drop-off areas. All three Meriden lines will be equipped with designated spots. The bus stop will still be in the same general area.

Officials didn’t have a list of exact locations but said the stops will be in the same general area as before, within a block.

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