Interested in Language
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?
In Canada it is the Bus Depot or the Bus Terminal.
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.
Thank you guys.
Last edited by Offroad; 19-Jan-2009 at 23:02.
PS. Or see "Searching for language" below. :) "Transit hub" is the official term used by the TTC (Toronto), ETS (Edmonton), and likely others.
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.
Last edited by Searching for language; 19-Jan-2009 at 23:11. Reason: more information
I guess I edited my post before you guys reply...but it's OK, thank you very much.
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.