Adopt-a-Stop / Adopt-a-Shelter
What is the Adopt-a-Stop and Adopt-a-Shelter program?
The Adopt-a-Stop and Adopt-a-Shelter program is a joint effort between the METRO Public Affairs department and community volunteers designed to help fight vandalism and suspicious or criminal activity within your community. Individuals, civic groups and local businesses are encouraged to do their part by “adopting” a bus stop or passenger shelter within their community. By keeping neighborhood bus stops and passenger shelters clean, the chance for criminal activity in your area is greatly reduced.
METRO bus shelters provide passengers with a safe,
pleasant and comfortable place to rest while waiting
for the bus. Nearly 8,960 bus stops scattered across
the Houston region, keeping each location clean is
a difficult task. Unfortunately, vandalism is a growing
problem. When vandals “tag” a METRO bus stop or
passenger shelter with graffiti, it becomes an eyesore
for the community and a potential site for criminal
How does the program work?
Participants in the Adopt-a-Stop or Adopt-a-Shelter
program volunteer to pick up litter in the area between
METRO’s designated trash collection days, and have
the option to make general improvements to the
grounds around the stop or shelter. Trash bags will be
provided at a bus stop or shelter at the request of the
individual sponsor or organization.
As a volunteer in the Adopt-a-Stop and Adopt-a-Shelter programs, you or your organization will
- Six (6) FREE round-trip passes per month
- An Adopt-a-Stop sign recognizing your neighborhood or organization affixed to the pole with the bus route sign (if you choose).
- An official “Adoption Certificate” signed by METRO’s President & CEO and Chief of Police
- An opportunity to improve the aesthetic appeal of your community.
How can I adopt a bus stop or shelter?
Volunteer to help secure your neighborhood today
by calling 713-739-6095 or email us at AASS@ridemetro.org to Adopt-a-Stop or Adopt-a-Shelter. A Public Affairs representative will take
your contact information and provide it to the
METRO Public Affairs department. A Public Affairs
representative will explain the program in detail and
the responsibilities you will share to help make the
program a success in your area. Together, we can help
keep our community clean and reduce the chance of
criminal activity before it begins.
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Numbers to Remember
List of Useful Phone Numbers
|Office / Departments
|Adopt-a-Stop / Adopt-a-Shelter
|METRO Police Dispatch
|Non-emergency cell phones users only
|Crime Stoppers of Houston
|Mayor's Anti-Gang Office of Houston
|Graffiti Reporting Hotline of Houston
|Harris County Sheriff's Office (Non-emergency)
|Houston Police Department (Non-emergency)
|METRO Customer Care Center
|Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P.)
|Houston Service HelpLine