Kaohsiung Residents Unhappy with Some Bus Stops 高市民反映公車候車站不友善 憂長輩安全

A bus stop near Kaohsiung International Airport is located between traffic lanes on a narrow traffic island. It's dangerous to get to, but the passengers said they have no choice.


A mother with a child walks to the narrow traffic island as vehicles speed past the adjacent traffic lanes. It looks dangerous, but they have no other option because the bus stop is located on the traffic island. This is the Aviation Police Bureau Bus Stop, which is located near Kaohsiung International Airport. It also lacks rain protection and seating.

Yang Kun-chih, Chief, Shandong Borough, Siaogang District, Kaohsiung: “The bus is coming, but scooters keep going past. How are you supposed to get across? You can't. Even if you managed to make it over there and are waiting for the bus, it's so narrow that there's virtually no space to wait.”

Fed-up residents brought their own chairs to create a waiting area. This is not the only unfriendly bus stop in Kaohsiung. A bus stop across from Cijin District's Guangji Temple is just as bare-bones. The bus sign is tied to an electric pole using wire, and the chairs off to one side were also supplied by local residents to keep senior citizens safe.

Ms. Chen, Cijin District Resident: “It's really very dangerous. This place isn't suitable for chairs. It's not suitable at all.”

Hsu Chi-ming, Chief Secretary, Transportation Bureau, Kaohsiung City: “Cijin Second Road currently does not have sidewalks, and there is limited space. That's why at present there is no way to set up a bus stop facility. We will quickly ask all relevant units to make a survey.”

The city's Transportation Bureau says the two bus stops in question are like this because of the limitations brought on by the form of the roads, which prevent it from setting up bus stops with seats. It is planning on moving the stops. It will also make improvements to 151 similar bus stops to make them barrier free.

 

 

 

 

媽媽帶著孩子走在狹小的分隔島上,兩旁機車、汽車不斷呼嘯而過,看起來有點危險,但是公車站牌就設在這個分隔島上。這是高雄小港機場附近的航警局公車站牌,做為國際門面附近的公車站,卻連雨遮或椅子都沒有。

高雄市小港區山東里長楊坤止表示: 「公車來了,結果機車也來了,要怎麼過去?過不去,如果已經過去那邊在等公車,寬度根本只有一小截,沒辦法等車。」

居民看不下去,自己擺上椅子給候車民眾坐,但這樣不友善的站牌不只一個,旗津廣濟宮對面的站牌同樣簡陋,站牌用鐵絲歪歪斜斜地綁在電線杆上,一旁的鐵椅也是居民自己放的,讓民眾擔心候車長輩的安全。

旗津居民陳小姐坦言: 「說實在真的很危險,所以椅子不適合放在這邊。」

高雄市交通局主任秘書許啟明說明: 「由於旗津二路目前是沒有人行道的設施,那一樣也是受限於空間的一個拘束,所以說目前是沒辦法設置相關的候車設施,這個部分我們會盡速邀集各單位來做現勘。」

高雄市交通局解釋,小港航警局站及旗津廣濟宮站,同樣都是因目前路形限制,所以沒辦法設置有坐椅的候車設施,但已經在規劃遷移站點,交通局也陸續改善共151個類似公車站,朝無障礙化方向努力。

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