AATA hoping to recruit more community partners for Adopt-a-Stop program
With a new year on the way soon, one of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's resolutions is to continue building on the success of its Adopt-a-Stop program — while at the same time moving ahead with planned upgrades to many of its bus stops.
AATA officials say they're hoping to recruit more community partners for the Adopt-a-Stop program, which was initiated as a way to help keep the agency's 1,500 bus stops clean and safe for passengers. The program has grown from seven partners in 2005 to 120 in 2012.
Adopt-a-Stop sponsors pick up litter at their designated stops, empty the trash cans and recycle or dispose of the trash properly. They also clear snow around the stops.
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"We welcome other community members who want to join with us in making our bus stops cleaner, safer and more accessible," Murphy said.
AATA officials say complaints of litter and debris around bus stops have decreased significantly since the program's implementation. Partners are recognized for their work with stickers placed on the site and are acknowledged in the AATA's schedule book and website.
The AATA typically requires a minimum amount of passenger activity to install certain amenities such as shelters and benches. But because maintenance costs are reduced when a community partner adopts a stop, agency leaders say that gives more options to provide rider amenities.
As part of ongoing efforts to maintain and improve its bus stops, the AATA this year installed shelters for the first time on Stone School at Eisenhower and Plymouth Road at Beal Avenue.
The agency also replaced old shelters at 14 locations: Chidister Place, Pauline Park Place, Stone School at Birch Hollow Drive, Cranbrook Tower, Target on Waters Road, Maple Road at Pennsylvania Avenue, Maple Road at Sequoia Parkway, Miller Road Park-and-Ride and Carpenter Place.
Other 2012 bus stop improvements:
- Concrete pads were installed to improve accessibility at 31 bus stops
- New benches were installed at 16 bus stops
- Map and schedule cases were added at 10 new locations
- Route information was installed at the Central Campus Transit Center
- Mid-block pedestrian crossings were installed on Packard west of US-23 and Carpenter south of Packard at Carpenter Place
Murphy said many of the projects are coordinated with the municipalities in which the AATA operates, and there's a focus on stops with high use by individuals with wheelchairs.