MTA Launches Adopt-A-Stop program
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has announced the beginning of an initiative to help make Maryland’s bus stops litterfree.
The “Adopt-A-Stop” program will rely on collaboration between MTA and area residents, businesses, property owners and neighborhood civic groups who will help keep their communities clean by “adopting”a local bus stop. This simple commitment involves the pledge to perform a bi-weekly checkup to remove trash and unwanted items from a bus stop and to report damages or other concerns to the MTA.
Participants in the AdoptA-Stop program must agree to: • Regularly clean and maintain the adopted stop, including nearby walkways and street areas, a minimum of once every other week – and more frequently if needed in order to prevent snow, litter and other debris from accumulating and becoming a nuisance, • Call immediately for pickup of illegally dumped large, heavy items, • Report or clean up graffiti as soon as possible and • Monitor and report sidewalk and street snow clearance problems at the stop during winter. In turn, the MTA will: • Respond to calls about heavy item pickup, graffiti abatement and snow clearance within two days and • Coordinate publicity efforts with the adopter to solicit local media coverage, as requested. After two months of suc- cessful adoption, the MTA will present Adopt-A-Stop volunteers with a sign installed at their designated bus stop, recognizing their company or group for its participation along with an adoptee recognition certificate.
To sign up or get more information on Adopt-A-Stop, contact Janeen Kuser in the MTA’s Office of Communications and Marketing at 410-767-8746 or jkuser@ mta.maryland.gov or visit http:// mta. maryland. gov/ adopt-stop.