The adopt-a-highway program has always bugged me. I’m not sure what’s expected of the adopter. If I did it, for instance, would I be expected to mow the median? Or would it be enough to pick up garbage along that stretch of highway? That wouldn’t be so bad if they could stop traffic while I was out there. Having to stop on the highway and get out of the car for any reason makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It’s the way the cars speed by. I get unnerved even walking in residential neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks so I have to find that fine line between trespassing through peoples’ yards and walking in the street. In neighborhoods the drivers are supposed to be slower but they aren’t always. I sometimes see signs in yards that say “Drive like your kids live here” and then a car whips by me and I think, “Wow, that guy hates his kids,” but that’s another story.
And then I noticed that a bus stop had been adopted by a restaurant right on the same corner. It’s not a bad idea. I guess the restaurant owners, or rather the employees, will take responsibility for keeping the bus stop clean and looking nice. Maybe it was the frogs’ idea.
I’m tempted to adopt a bus stop myself. According to the MTA website anyone who wants to adopt a bus stop will be “provided all supplies, training, contact information, and recognition signage”. Maybe I can even paint it different colors. Maybe I can decide which buses stop there. Maybe I could alter the route or adopt a stop right in front of my house. The possibilities are endless!