Metro transit is inviting businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, neighborhoods, families and individuals to adopt MetroBus stops in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County in Missouri and in St. Clair County in Illinois as part of a new MetroBus stop adoption program called Adopt-A-Stop. Metro formally launched Adopt-A-Stop at a MetroBus stop outside of a Reliance Bank location at Windsor Place and Grand Boulevard in the City of St. Louis on August 4. Reliance Bank was introduced as Metro’s first official corporate “adopter” of a MetroBus stop.
“Metro is an important part of the community, and it touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region,” said Ray Friem, Executive Director of Metro Transit. “That’s a responsibility we take very seriously, and with our new Adopt-A-Stop program, we have an opportunity to work together to create a better transit experience, not only for our Metro passengers, but also for the neighborhoods we serve.”
While the Adopt-A-Stop program may be new, Reliance Bank’s efforts to keep MetroBus stop areas litter-free near its local bank locations is not. In addition to officially adopting the bus stop right outside of the Reliance Bank Loan Production Office at 1021 N. Grand Boulevard in the City of St. Louis, Reliance Bank is also adopting two MetroBus stops outside of its branch location at Manchester and Tower Grove Avenues.
“As a locally owned community bank, Reliance takes great pride in supporting the Adopt-A-Stop program,” said Allan Ivie IV, President of Community Banking at Reliance Bank. “Like Metro, we are committed to providing a positive experience for our customers and part of that experience is the neat and fresh look and feel of our branches and the surrounding area. We hope other local businesses will follow our lead and help Metro keep all of the stops in the metropolitan area clean.”
There is no cost to apply or participate in the Adopt-A-Stop program. Businesses, organizations and individuals agree to regularly monitor their adopted stops, pick up litter and help keep the area around them clean for the period of one year.
In return, adopters will receive six one-day Metro transit passes, trash bags and other resources needed to maintain their bus stops. In addition, the name of the business, group or individual who adopted the MetroBus stop is displayed on a special Adopt-A-Sign sign at the stop.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Stop program, or to apply to participate in the Adopt-A-Stop program, please call 314-982-1466 or visit metrostlouis.org/adoptastop.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the St. Louis Regional Freightway.