Adopt-A-Stop of Greater Portland, Maine
A program of volunteers improving the year-round accessibility and attractiveness
of major bus stops on the Portland Metro and South Portland Bus Service routes.
WHY ADOPT-A-STOP IS NEEDED
Access to taking the bus is hindered in winter by snow drifts and icy conditions. This means that many of our citizens simply cannot use the bus, or take a risk of hurting themselves. The elderly, handicapped and families using strollers are particularly affected.
Of more than 1000 bus stops in Portland and South Portland fewer than 100 are shoveled out by the muncipal public works departments and bus operators. Because of the cost to keep these bus stops clear, it is necessary to ask able bodied volunteers to commit to a particular bus stop. When a stop is adopted, signs at the stop highlight that it is part of the Adopt-A-Stop program.
Goal: In all seasons, at each selected stop:
- Utilize city and bus company employees, and volunteers to clear snow and ice from stops during the winter and remove debris on a year-round basis.
- Provide safe access to primary bus stops within 12 hours of completion of municipal snow plowing.
- Guarantee a safe place for at least 2 bus patrons to stand while waiting for a bus.
A Christmas Surprise
A passenger shelter appeared across from Brighton Medical Center at the Metro bus stop the last week before Christmas, 2011. The shelter has tempered glass sides and a dome top that keeps passengers out of rain, snow and wind. Additionally a secret santa has put a trash barrel inside the shelter. Brighton Medical Center includes the New England Rehabilitation Hospital where some patients and their families visit by using the bus.
The City of Portland now has a place where you can make a cash donation to help supply shovels, safety vests, sign materials and (maybe) bus passes--all for volunteers, of course.
Information or Suggestions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator
Updated February 22, 2013