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    Dear teachers and friends

    how do you call a place where buses arrive from different cities? Is it bus station? I guess not, bus station sounds like a place where buses from the same city stop for a coffee or something.

    It's like an airport, but for buses, how do you call that in the UK or in the US?

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    Smile Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear teachers and friends

    how do you call a place where buses arrive from different cities? Is it bus station? I guess not, bus station sounds like a place where buses from the same city stop for a coffee or something.

    It's like an airport, but for buses, how do you call that in the UK or in the US?

    Thanks
    Where I live now, it's called bus station.

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    Re: bus station

    In Canada it is the Bus Depot or the Bus Terminal.

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    Smile Re: bus station

    Here we go:

    A bus station is a structure where city or intercitybuses stop to pick up and drop off passengers. It is larger than a bus stop, which is usually simply a place on the sidewalk (UK: pavement) where buses can stop. It may be intended as a terminal station for a number of routes, or as a transfer station where the routes continue.

    Some may call it bus terminus (plural termini):

    A bus terminus is a designated place where a bus or coach starts or ends its scheduled route. The terminus is the designated place that a timetable is timed from. Termini can be located at bus stations, interchanges, bus garages or simple bus stops. Termini can both start and stop at the same place, or may be in different locations for starting and finishing a route. Termini may or may not coincide with the use of bus stands.

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    Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hmmm Bus terminal... sounds like a internal bus stop, only for buses that work in a city only. By the way, how do you call that kind of bus stop?
    How do they call it in the US?
    If you mean a bus stop for many different routes, often with a covered waiting area, etc., then in Canada the terms are transfer point or usually transit hub.

    PS. Or see "Searching for language" below. :) "Transit hub" is the official term used by the TTC (Toronto), ETS (Edmonton), and likely others.

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    Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hmmm Bus terminal... sounds like a internal bus stop, only for buses that work in a city only. By the way, how do you call that kind of bus stop?
    How do they call it in the US?

    I think in the US it is called the bus station.

    In Canada it is the Bus Terminal. I know, for my son manages one. Both city and cross country busses go through it 24 hours a day!.

    Again, in Canada, a bus stop is just that, a place where a bus stops to pick up passengers.

    The BUS TERMINAL is the place where the tickets are sold, where parcels are kept, there are lockers for storing luggage for a few days if you wish. It is in a building, with toilets available for the travellers, generally a place to have something to eat. Possibly there is a small convenience store for magazines and snacks to take onto the bus. If you are travelling cross country, this is where you would transfer from one bus to another sometimes.

    In Toronto, the city buses do not go through the main terminal, but where I live, (smaller city) they do. I have never heard of a transit hub, but can imagine that in a large city, where both bus and subway (metro) service is co-ordinated, that term could apply. The buses would presumably be above ground, but a subway acces could be there also.
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    Smile Re: bus station

    I guess I edited my post before you guys reply...but it's OK, thank you very much.

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    Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    The buses would presumably be above ground, but a subway acces could be there also.
    That's exactly how most of the hubs are built in Toronto and Edmonton, which are the two cities I've lived in.

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    Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    That's exactly how most of the hubs are built in Toronto and Edmonton, which are the two cities I've lived in.
    The one in Toronto is called "Metro Transit Terminal".

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    Re: bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    The one in Toronto is called "Metro Transit Terminal".
    Yes, just thinking about it: "Finch bus terminal", etc. But you often see things like "repair project for Danforth transit hub" in the newspapers. And in Edmonton it's always "University bus[transit] hub", "Southgate hub", etc.

    A terminal has the sense of "terminus", at the outskirts of the city where the lines end; "hub" is more of an intermediate stop.

    If Marciobarbalho is collecting terms, here's a couple more.

    At outlying bus terminals with service into the city, there are often parking lots where people who live in the far suburbs park their cars and take the train (in Edmonton, "LRT") or bus to the centre. These are called park-and-ride lots, and that's a term everyone uses.

    Toronto especially has "kiss-and-ride" spots at some of the terminals, where a passenger jumps off a car-ride and then boards a train or bus. That's the oficial term, but in the five years I lived there I don't remember anyone calling them that except a little bit ironically.

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