Bus Starts

Back in 1985, city officials in St. Louis decided that the term 'bus stop' sounded too negative, so they voted to rename them 'bus starts.' 1800 new 'bus start' signs were duly installed.

A year-and-a-half later, when it became clear that people were confused by what a 'bus start' was supposed to be, the city conceded defeat and went back to using the traditional term. This, of course, meant buying even more new signs.

St. Louis Post Dispatch - Mar 28, 1985

St. Louis Post Dispatch - Aug 24, 1986

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 06, 2018
     Category: Odd Names | 1980s | Bus

And I thought my city was the only one with idiotic bureaucrats wasting tax payer's dollars!
Posted by Steve E. on 11/07/18 at 01:31 AM
Steve, all local politicians are incompetent maniacs. I have yet to work out whether that is out of frustration that they haven't been able to make it into provincial politics yet, or whether the party won't let them rise through the ranks because they're power-hungry and incompetent, but all local politics is run by runts.
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/10/18 at 03:58 AM
Richard, you are very correct in your position. But my statement was directed at the bureaucrats (upper echelon employees) who come up with these off the wall/hair brained ideas. And to make it worse have the jackass power to implement same.
Posted by Steve E. on 11/10/18 at 07:01 PM
Oh, yeah. But those, too, seem to be universal. At least, I've never seen it otherwise, anywhere.
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/11/18 at 02:15 PM
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