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A bus stop is a place where a public transport bus stops. The simplest kind has just a sign "bus stop" (or perhaps not even that), but often line numbers and/or destinations are indicated. Also the times the bus departs may be given, or the whole timetable for the lines involved. Also a map of the bus lines and tariff information may be provided.

There may be a shelter and/or a bench, and there may or may not be lighting.

A bus stop is often a "request stop": a bus does not stop there unless it is requested. Someone waiting at the stop has to pay attention and give a stop sign to halt the bus, and someone inside has to press a button or ask the driver. In some bus systems with few stops this is not required, there the bus stops anyway.

An extensive combination of bus stops in one location is a bus station or bus depot. It may have a waiting room instead of just shelters.

On the shelter and/or the bus stop sign there may be advertising. If it is an attractive photograph which is removable (even if this requires damaging the casing) it is sometimes stolen.

Compare train station.

See also Human positions.

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