Bus stations don't have to be second-rate, as this one in Tilburg demonstrates - Tree Hugger
Cepezed Architects design a bus station that is elegant and self-sufficient.
Margaret Thatcher probably never said, "A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure." But she might have, as many people consider buses second-rate transportation for second-rate people. Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog has complained that in the USA, they will spend a billion bucks on a single highway interchange but leave poor people and seniors out in the rain. She calculates the country could put a shelter over every single bus stop in America "for far less than the cost of a single highway project in Texas. The problem of bad bus stops is not about money. It’s about the status and class of users and our perverse and outdated federal transportation spending formulas."
When we look at transportation in Europe, we go gaga over the trains and trams, but they are no slouches with buses either. There is nothing second rate about the way they treat their passengers. I had never heard of Tilburg, the sixth largest city in the Netherlands with half a million people in the entire metro region, but look at its bus depot, designed by Cepezed.
The basic setup consists of a series of very thin columns with an evenly minimalistic awning structure on top of them. The construction forms a triangular circuit with a length of over 160 meters (524') and an open space in the centre. The bus positions are arranged around the outer side; six for boarding and one for deboarding.