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ADOPT-A-STOP PROGRAM AWARENESS INFORMATION

Thank you for choosing to participate in the Maryland Transit Administration’s Adopt-A-Stop Program. You are now a part of a statewide movement to sustain public transportation ridership, reduce pollution and keep our community beautiful for years to come! Your contribution will help keep Maryland’s bus stops safer and cleaner for everyone. Listed inside are some simple cleanup guidelines. Please read them carefully before every trip to your stop.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Brooms/rakes/shovels
  • Dust pans
  • Trash bags
  • A cell phone in case of emergencies
  • Lots of fluids

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Gloves
  • Safety vest
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Appropriate clothing

WHAT TO DO

  • Review the safety guidelines before every pickup.
  • Obey all traffic rules.
  • Carpool to minimize number of vehicles at the cleanup site.
  • Stay alert and far away from the road.
  • Recycle any plastic, paper or metal that you choose by keeping recyclables separate from other litter.
  • Always wear gloves.
  • Use a tool, such as a rake or a stick, to identify items before picking them up.
  • Assign a designated person to pick up dangerous or unsafe litter.
  • Pair up in teams. Working in pairs allows volunteers to look out for one another and be more alert of any changes in their immediate environment.
  • Take rest breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Do not pick up any litter in the road, close to the edge of the road or on the shoulder of the roadway.
  • Do not pick up any hazardous litter, including objects containing corrosive chemicals (such as car batteries), or objects that may carry harmful bacteria or disease (needles, used condoms, dead animals, items with blood).
  • Stay away from any broken glass, razor blades or other objects that might cause a cut or injury to your hands.
  • Do not work in the dark or during inclement weather.
  • Do not try to pick up or move heavy tree limbs or objects.
  • No horseplay is allowed, especially near the roadways.
  • Do not wear headsets while cleaning the roadside.
  • Do not overstuff trash bags or compact them.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Volunteers must NOT pick up any objects containing harmful and/or corrosive chemicals or that may contain bacteria or disease. Please call (410) 767-8746
for proper disposal.

WHO TO CONTACT

  • Report maintenance issues/vandalism, disturbances, safety issues or items left at the bus stop to 410-767-8746.
  • For all other questions or concerns, contact Adopt-A-Stop Manager Janeen Kuser at jkuser@mta.maryland.gov or 410-767-8746.

By following these simple rules, we can help to ensure the safety of our stops, our teams and ourselves. Thank you again for choosing to be a part of the Maryland Transit Administration’s Adopt-A-Stop Program. We look forward to your continued commitment to keeping our communities safe and clean.

Larry Hogan, Governor
Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor

Governor's Office

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