County Launches Adopt-a-Stop Program on ART Routes

by Katie Pyzyk June 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm 3,892 31 Comments

The county’s Transit Bureau has launched a program to engage residents in the upkeep of Arlington bus stops. Now you can take part in “Adopt-a-Stop”.

Individual residents or groups can sign up to adopt and perform light maintenance at one of the ART bus stops. At first, the program will focus on stops along the ART 51, 52, 53 and 61 routes. Additional routes and stops will be added soon.

Participants enter into a one year agreement, during which time they will maintain the stop at least once a week. They’ll perform duties such as picking up trash, reporting vandalism or safety hazards, clearing the area of snow and reporting items left at the stop.

The county will perform necessary heavier maintenance once it’s requested by the participant. Those tasks include removing graffiti, cutting tall grass and repairing bus stops. Should the participant request it, the county will also install a trash receptacle at the bus stop.

Transit Bureau Chief Stephen Del Giudice said although Arlington fared well in the recent recession, there was a reduction in the ability to commit resources to these types of maintenance projects. The county’s efforts mainly have focused on heavily used commercial corridors.

“We’re not always able to get to some of the residential areas. We see this as filling a need as far as our ability to commit resources to residential areas,” said Del Giudice. “We thought it would be a good idea to get community involvement in our transit program.”

Since the program began on May 16, three individuals each adopted a stop, and one group adopted two stops. Those who take part will get a certificate of participation, a mention on Arlington Transit’s website and a sign of recognition at the designated stop.

Sign up can be done online. Participants must be at least 18 years old, unless they are part of a group led by a person at least 18 years old.

  • ACDC Hack

    The county staff has been watching too many Seinfeld re-runs …..

    • Kramer

      As of today I am a proud parent of a one-mile stretch of the Arthur Berkhardt Expressway.

      • ArLater


      • Ben

        KRAMER: Well you black out lane-lines one and three, and a four-lane highway becomes a two-lane comfort cruise. (to Jerry) So, you got any black paint?

        • Jerry

          Yeah, in my toolshed, next to the riding mower.

    • SomeGuy

      A similar Adopt-A-Highway program in Georgia recently caused discomfort for some residents based on who the applicant group was. I wonder what the unwritten restrictions are on which groups the county is willing to approve for this program.

  • YTK

    i think it’s a good idea– now make sure the ART bus drivers KNOW where all the stops are.

  • Jordan

    get the hell outta here with that!

  • Bob32

    More programs to get citizens to do work that county employees should be doing.

    • John Fontain

      Well, at least by not having county employees do the work, our taxes and tax rates won’t increa…..oh whoops, never mind.

    • Faster than waiting for the bureaucracy of govt to work.

  • Stu

    Makes me think of that story where Tom Sawyer got his friends to pay him to paint his fence for him.

  • fairgrrl

    We don’t need no stinkin’ trolley. When can we get an ART bus route through Fairlington?

  • FairDoWell

    If a group sponsers a website and its services are not available said bus stop will the county staff object?

  • drax

    You can use all the extra time you have waiting for the late buses to clean up the stops.

    • WL95

      This is me driving to work while I watch my neighbor sweat it out cleaning some ART bus stop.

  • JohnB2

    Wow they want you to shovel snow and stuff too:

    3) When it snows, clear a sidewalk path from the nearest curb ramp to the bus stop and a path from the bus stop to the road. Snow should be removed within the timeframe outlined by Arlington County’s snow removal ordinance.

    • Sam Walton

      Which snow removal ordinance? Residential, commercial, school or other county property?

  • soarlslacker

    They also have an Adopt-A-Street program.
    You adopt a block or 2 of a street and you are supposed to:
    •Sweep the curb, gutter lines, and wheelchair accessibility ramps of the adopted street, on a quarterly basis
    •Remove litter along the adopted street, on a quarterly basis or as needed
    •Schedule a pick-up for sweeping debris to be collected by DES staff
    •Update the tasks you completed of your street adopting duties, each quarter
    More info on the program…
    If the county wants the residents to clean the streets, why does that big street sweeper come down my street once a quarter? This might be worthwhile if they would reduce your property taxes. People already keep the storm drains clear…so their basements do not flood in a big rain.

    • SomeGuy

      Any word on when the “Adopt-a-Section-of-the-County-Tax-Code” program goes live?

    • nom de guerre

      They also have an Adopt Arlington County One Program where you are required to clean the interior and exterior of the County Board’s Boeing Business Jet and provide the pilot, John Travolta with massages in exchange for having you or your organizations name on the fuselage and a certificate of recognition.

      • Bob32

        Good one!

  • confused

    in some parts of the metro area volunteers ARE the FIRE department. Places with higher property tax rates, BTW. You guys are spoiled.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Maybe sell advertising space on 8% of the bus stop sign? Sort of like a small jumbotron.

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  • demonfafa
  • Other Side of the River

    Oh, great. I can get my name on a sign at the stop they put in my front yard without even telling me. Super.


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