City seeks more public help cleaning bus stops - Albuquerque Journal

City seeks more public help cleaning bus stops

Albuquerque’s short-staffed transit department is seeking more public help to maintain thousands of bus stops across the city.

ABQ Ride announced Wednesday it would do more to honor businesses and organizations that join its Adopt-A-Stop program, such as posting signs noting their support and offering discounts on bus stop advertisements.

Only about 30 of Albuquerque’s 2,750 bus stops are currently maintained through the program, which launched in late 2017.

Participants agree to tidy their chosen stop for a year. That means at least one litter pick-up per week, graffiti removal and communicating other maintenance needs to a volunteer coordinator.

The city provides cleaning supplies, including rags, garbage bags and safety goggles.

“Adopt-A-Stop is a chance for the community to get involved in keeping our city clean,” Transit Director Leslie Keener said in a statement.

Albuquerque has 11 bus stop maintenance positions but has struggled to keep them filled.

There are eight workers in place now — up from four a month ago — though a department spokeswoman said the department expects to have them fully staffed by the end of February.

For more on the Adopt-A-Stop program, visit cabq.gov/adopt-a-stop.

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