The Cereal City Real Estate Connection: School Bus Stop Wait Stations

School Bus Stop Wait Stations

When you drive around the rural Michigan Countryside, you will often see these little buildings at the end of a long driveway.  They are school bus stop wait stations.  They kind of look like phone booths or perhaps even outhouses of old.  The first time I saw one, I actually thought it was an old outhouse someone had left with the property, and did not have the heart to tear School Bus Stop Wait Stationsdown. 

I later learned that they are in fact school bus stop wait stations for the kids that live at the house.  Imagine what it is like in a Michigan winter to have to walk down a long driveway, and wait for the school bus to arrive.  Timing your trek to the road is everything, and if your bus is a little behind schedule, it can make for a long cold wait. 

When I consider that this past weekend here in Southwest Michigan, we have experienced single digit temperatures for the high on the day this makes a lot of practical sense. 

I do not know the origin of school bus stop wait stations, but there seems to be a lot of them, as I see them quite frequently in rural areas. 

Some are simple and plain, and you would most often not even notice them.  Others are more decorated and one of the school bus stop wait stations I present here even has the school mascot on it.  When I came to realize that they are around, I found myself looking for them more and more.  I have included a few photos here. School Bus Stop Wait Stations

I would imagine some of the more sophisticated ones even have a small space heater, but from what I have heard from most locals is that just having a place to step into out of the cold snow; wind and rain can make all the difference for those few extra minutes a student might have to wait for the bus. 

You can see in the photos that a long walk to the house seems to be pretty consistent when you find these.  So, if you are visiting Michigan and ever wonder what those little houses at the end of a driveway are for, now you know: school bus stop wait stations. 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMichael Delaware • January 23 2011 12:48PM


Good info and I can surely understand the need for them in your location as you explained it.  Yes, at first glance they do remind me of "outhouses" for another old purpose.

Here in the mountains the kids generally aren't making that long walk to wait for the school buses as they don't go out on the icy roads and schools are closed.  This year I soon think the kids will be going all summer to make up snow days if it doesn't let up.  They are already planning on having Saturday school days.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 4 years ago

I never would have guessed they were for bus shelters for the kids before their bus arrived. Thank you for teaching me something new today!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could (Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty) over 4 years ago

That's really interesting, Michael, and I had no idea there was any such thing. What a great idea.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Florida Luxury Realty) over 4 years ago

Michael, What a contrast to what we see here in sunny Florida. I, also, have never seen a bus stop wait station.  Seems like a great idea. I remember going to Elementary school in Illinois, walking 6 blocks in the snow to school, with my toes socks on and my long stocking cap.

Posted by Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) over 4 years ago