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Friday fun poll: push or pull to request a stop?

A customer uses a push strip to request a stop onboard a bus in Boston. (Photo: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

Part of the bus-riding experiencing is requesting a stop.

On our buses, there are two ways to do this: pulling the cord that runs along the windows or pressing the “Stop” button on the poles in the aisle.

If you’ve been to other cities like Boston, you might have used a push strip to request a stop on a bus.

Everyone has a favourite, and we’re curious — what do you prefer? Vote in our poll below.

If you’ve used a push strip before, do you prefer it over the pull chord and button? Let us know in the comments section!

What's your preferred way to request a stop on a bus?

  • Pull the cord (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Press the button (48%, 61 Votes)
  • Push the strip (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 128


3 Comments

  • By Alan, April 26, 2019 @ 3:16 pm

    Coming from the UK, we only ever had the strips and the buttons, so seeing the cords on the buses seemed a very odd way of doing it, but it actually makes a lot of sense because as the cords can be as long as the length of the bus, everyone has access to them, whereas I always found there was a lot of asking people to ring the bell for them back in the UK. So I guess I will go with the cord, it’s a simple, but very effective way.

  • By Alan, April 26, 2019 @ 3:16 pm

    PS, the poll should say “cord”, not “chord”. ;)

  • By Allen Tung, April 26, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks Alan! I’ve corrected the typo.

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