What are the doors on a bus called? How do you describe the doors in the front and the back? Is it door or entrance? Is it front or forward, back or rear?

Examples of where it could be used:

The people waiting at the bus-stop formed a line to the x

The bus stopped outside the store and he got off through the x


I offer you this Transport for London Government website talking about their new double-decker buses, where they describe the staircases:

two staircases, one near the front and one at the back

But they describe the doors:

the rear doors will be operated by the driver.

I vote that the "front and rear doors" are "at the front and back of the bus", and "forward doors" doesn't sound right at all.

  • I don't like forward doors, either, but it sounds okay to me in the singular: Please exit from the forward door. (I have no problem with that instruction.) – J.R. Jun 28 '15 at 21:35
  • I think I'd expect a forward door on an Isetta, not a bus. – Random832 Jun 29 '15 at 0:28
  • @Random832 Or on a vessel. – StoneyB Jun 29 '15 at 0:42
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    Actually, the "rear" door may be near the center of the bus, but it is farther toward the rear than the front door is! – Brian Hitchcock Jun 29 '15 at 8:59
  • If there was a "forward" door, wouldn't we expect the other one to be called "aft", as on a vessel? Jus' wonderin'. – Brian Hitchcock Jun 29 '15 at 9:02

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