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How safe are our bus stops?

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Thursday morning's accident in which four people lost their lives isn't the first time such a crash has occurred at a valley bus stop.

People who depend on public transportation to get around are questioning the safety of our bus stops and benches.

Thursday's crash is the latest in a string of accidents at bus stops involving alleged drunk drivers.

"I think it's sad. Innocent people waiting at the bus stop are putting themselves in danger and not even knowing it. That's kinda scary," said bus rider Ryan DeSoto.

You might think a bus shelter is reasonably safe, but after Thursday's tragedy many aren't so sure.

"It does of course put that slight fear in you. Oh, geez, this has happened. I'm lucky it wasn't me," said Bill Corbett, who uses public transportation.

"You have got a three-ton vehicle moving at excessive speeds and you have got an inebriated driver. There is nothing we can do. That's one of the hardest things to accept," said the Regional Transportation Commission's Tina Quigley.

"We are still in shock," Quigley continued. "This was a really difficult story to hear about. We take safety very seriously. We are constantly studying things we can do to improve safety."

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) recently moved 150 shelters back five feet from sidewalks at some of our more dangerous intersections.

While most bus riders understand that crashes like the one that occurred Thursday are the fault of the driver, some are calling for more safety measures.

"It would be important to do some sort of assessment, possibly looking at putting up barriers," said rider Jezmine Perez.

When asked if they plan to do anything differently while waiting for a bus, many riders said they plan to be more aware. One said he plans to wait farther away from the bus stop so he can be "out of the line of fire."

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