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Chapel Hill is back in the final four. But this time it’s really hoping to lose.

A passenger waits for a bus on the side of the road at this bus stop in Chapel Hill which is in the running for StreetBlog.org’s title of “America’s Sorriest Bus Stop.”
A passenger waits for a bus on the side of the road at this bus stop in Chapel Hill which is in the running for StreetBlog.org’s title of “America’s Sorriest Bus Stop.”

Trips to Final Fours are expected in Chapel Hill but maybe not like the one the town has currently reached.

A bus stop in Chapel Hill was nominated for StreetsBlogUSA’s contest seeking the worst bus stops in America and it has made it to the national semifinals against a bus stop in Seattle.

The field started with 16 nominated bus stops from across the country the website deemed to be “sorry bus stops.”

The stop in Chapel Hill is on westbound N.C. 54 near the Merritt Mill Road/South Greensboro Street exit. People who live in nearby apartments across the divided highway there have to cross multiple lanes of traffic and a median to get to the bus stop.

Kira Glynn, who nominated the Chapel Hill bus stop, told StreetsBlog that the only way to get to the other side without crossing the highway is a half-mile trek using the exit ramps on each side that take you under the highway overpass there.

“People treat it like a highway and tend to drive much faster (than 45 mph),” Glynn said. “Many people who live [nearby], myself included, are students or support staff at the university and have no choice but to cross the highway to get to the bus stops.”

The Chapel Hill stop already has topped stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Tampa, Florida.

Take heart, the Seattle bus stop is at a railroad crossing that has a lot of freight train service, according to the person who made that nomination. Seattle’s entry bested two bus stops in California — one in Fremont and the other in San Diego.

The voting in the matchup with the Seattle bus stop is still live with Seattle’s stop holding a 60 percent to 40 percent advantage with 666 votes on Saturday.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews

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