(Las Vegas, NV) — When Gary Lee Hosey Jr. plowed his girlfriend’s car into a bus stop on Spring Mountain Road back on September 13th, killing four, it had an effect on many people.
Regional Transportation Commission Transit Amenities Manager Carl Scarbrough was one of them. But the accident wasn’t the turning point. The RTC has been busy for years improving the safety of bus stops around the area. In 2008 a study was done and it was determined that 80% of accidents at bus stops happened between the curb and four feet behind the sidewalk.
Scarbrough told KXNT how the progression has gone so far. “We”ve already moved back 515 shelters. We now have 478 turnouts, which is also a way to move bus stops back.”
It was decided that bus stops across the Las Vegas valley would need to be modified to have either the benches or shelters sit eight feet from the curb to cut down on accidents.
The RTC is in the process of altering 150 bus stops per year. Las Vegas has over 3100 bus stops and turn-outs that are evaluated by factors such as ridership and actual location of the shelter or bench.
“Once we’ve identified the busiest stops we go and look at site conditions. We look at right-of-way, we look for easements as well as physical barriers that would prevent us from moving the shelter back. That is how we create our list,” Scarbrough said.