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Bus stop issues upset Bristol neighbors (WFSB) Bus stop issues upset Bristol neighbors (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

There is controversy in Bristol over a Connecticut transit bus stop.

Neighbors said they are fed up with bus riders littering. Riders are even sitting on people’s front porches waiting for the bus.

There are countless cigarette butts on the Bristol sidewalk, which is near where Michelle Wallace lives and she said they are from riders who use the South Street bus stop.

“We have been picking up trash, I have a garbage bag full of trash - anything from cigarette butts to bus tickets to empty beer cans," Michele Wallace said.

The bus stop was added four months ago when CT Fastrak came along.

Wallace said she has called CT Transit for months and nothing has been done.

“They keep saying they're going to fix it - look at it. Originally it was over there and they moved it to here,” Wallace said.

She said she has even gotten the Bristol mayor involved and he has been having trouble as well.

“They have been very slow if any response to help us,” Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne said. “We are working to clean up the city and I'll be honest, I wouldn't want someone sitting on my porch waiting for the bus so I don't blame her for being upset.”

Neighbors said they don’t know why that bus stop was added to the route since there is another bus stop just one block away.

“There is another one 1500 feet down the street, it's not inconvenient if you ask me," Tim Curran said.

CT Transit representatives said they hope to move the bus stop a few feet to another intersection. They added that they plan on moving it next week.

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