A few days ago, I mentioned that adding route maps to bus stops would make buses easier to use. I also argued that few bus stops actually have maps.
But this weekend I made a quick trip to Seattle, where I found exactly what I was looking for:
The maps in the pictures above show that this idea can work. Significantly, every bus stop in Seattle doesn’t include a map. Instead, the maps only show up at seemingly central, high-volume stops.
In other words, it’s not necessary for a transit authority to invest in a map and mounting equipment for every single stop.
It’s also worth noting that Seattle’s bus system seemed to get more use that Salt Lake City’s. I know my own experiences aren’t necessarily indicative of larger trends, but over several visits during the last few years the buses in Seattle have seemed quite busy.