MTA Launches Adopt-A-Stop pro­gram

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL -

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.mary­ or visit http:// mta. mary­land. gov/ adopt-stop.

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