Transit Station and Stop Adoption Programs

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infrastructure - station, infrastructure - stop, mode - bus, place - north america


Bus stops, Bus terminals, Case studies, Literature reviews, Rail transit stations, State of the practice, Surveys, Transit operating agencies


This synthesis documents the state of the practice in the relatively new transit agency programs in which local organizations, individuals, or other partners "adopt" a transit station or stop and receive recognition or incentives in exchange for, periodically, performing duties such as removing litter, maintaining vegetation, or reporting suspicious activity. Transit station and stop adoption programs appear to have proven themselves to be a valuable option for transit agencies seeking a novel, low-cost way to enhance station appearance, increase community involvement, and build public appreciation of the local transit system. Although little research exists about these programs, this synthesis describes various features now in place, how they work, and the results that they have had. A review of the relevant literature yielded numerous websites that provided detailed information about existing programs around the United States, as well as scattered references to programs in the published literature. A selected survey of 37 transit respondents located in large, small, urban, suburban, and rural areas yielded an 81% response rate. Six transit providers highlighted more in-depth details on successful practices and one of an agency that disbanded its program. These agencies were The Ride, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado; NJ Transit, Newark, New Jersey; TriMet, Portland, Oregon; DART, Wilmington, Delaware; and Tri-Delta Transit, Antioch, California.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board, Washington, copyright remains with them.