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Accession Number PB2013-108349
Title Transit Station and Stop Adoption Programs. A Synthesis of Transit Practice. TCRP Synthesis 103.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 68p
Personal Author K. Harrington-Hughes K. O'Neill V. Sunderland
Abstract Adopt-a-stop programs, in which volunteers agree to pick up litter at transit stations and assist in other maintenance tasks, can be a valuable resource for public transportation agencies. These programs aim to create a sense of ownership within the community, enhance the appearance of stations, and improve safety and security for passengers. Most programs of this sort are fairly new, and there is little research about how to structure them or how they can be made most effective. This synthesis helps to fill these gaps by describing the varied features of adopt-a-stop programs now in place, how they work, and the results that they have had. A basic responsibility at the core of all adopt-a-stop programs is regular litter collection. At some agreed-upon interval, volunteers collect litter at the site and deposit it in bags. Often the transit agency assumes responsibility for the bags, although sometimes the volunteers agree to dispose of the trash bags themselves. Many programs go beyond litter collection: some have volunteers monitor graffiti and vandalism and notify transit agencies of these problems; some ask volunteers to shovel snow; some ask them to report suspicious behavior. The volunteers who agree to adopt a station may be from local businesses or other organizations, or they may be concerned individuals. Their responsibilities are generally set out in a simple, short, written agreement. The volunteers may be trained by the transit agencies to do their chores safely and effectively. Most volunteers appear to be motivated by civic pride. They may be given public recognition on a sign or plaque at their adopted site. Some transit agencies also distribute transit passes as an additional reward.
Keywords Adopt-a-stop programs
Maintenance management
Public transportation
Solid waste disposal
Terminal facilities
Traffic safety
Transit industry

Source Agency Federal Transit Administration
National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board
NTIS Subject Category 91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
85H - Road Transportation
68C - Solid Wastes Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. Transit Cooperative Research Program.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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