Yesterday I came across a fun blog by one of our riders, Jessica, who has adopted a Capital Metro bus stop through the Adopt-a-Stop program. I thought you might enjoy it, too, quoted behind the cut in its entirety.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I love cigarette butts
Little things make me happy, and cigarette butts are pretty darn tiny. Actually, I think cigarette butts are one of the vilest creations on earth, they drive me up the wall, their putrid stench lingers, and they seem to be asexually reproducing, but fighting back against them makes me smile.

Yesterday was a great day for karma building (and I didn’t even plan it that way, it just happened which should get me bonus karma points…but then I’ve probably had a few deducted for bragging about it…sigh). After work I cycled (note: didn’t drive) to the library to return a dvd (note: checked out instead of bought).

Then I went back to work to store by bike, grabbed my yoga gear and a book, and strode off to “my” bus stop (note: not driving AGAIN). “My” because I’ve officially adopted it through Capital Metro’s Adopt-a-Stop program and the trash can proudly bears a sign with my name on it. So there I was on the side of South Congress picking up cigarette butts by the handful, with cars whizzing by wondering why this normal looking girl was groveling on the ground, and it struck me that I’m happy. Nobody will notice that for one afternoon this particular bus stop was cigarette butt free, it’s a pretty slim chance that anyone will notice my example and pickup a butt on their own or not put it there in the first place, but I don’t care. I saw something was wrong, I took action, and when my bus pulled up and I wiggled my way onboard I left a clean bus stop behind.

And the afternoon kept getting better. There was a gaggle of flustered looking ballerinas on board, and one of them whispered to the other one that none of them knew where to get off. I overheard, asked her where she was going, and told them exactly which bus stop to get off at.

After a relaxing yoga class I headed back to the office, grabbed by bike, cycled over to Barton Springs to meet John for a run. While I was waiting I noticed lots of bottles/cans in the trash cans RIGHT next to the recycling bins. Brushing bees aside I bravely picked them off the top of the can and put them in their rightful place. John’s always late, so I made it to 7 or 8 trash cans and saved dozens of misdirected recyclables from an unfitting end by the time he came for our run. My efforts were duly noted and John’s going to take a bag with him to his next meeting since he’s always been dismayed by the amount of recyclables his colleagues throw in the trash but never stood up to offer them another option.

And karma paid off, I got to end my day with a relaxing 3 mile run, good conversation, swim in Barton Springs, and bus ride home where I got to read instead of worrying about traffic.

Three cheers for cigarette butts! …now where did I put that hand sanitizer?

4 thoughts on “Adopt-A-Stop

  1. Don Dickson

    That’s my home stop, and Jessica, your work does NOT go unnoticed. Thanks!

    My lease is up for renewal in a couple of months, and if I renew it I’ll adopt the northbound side.

    And LOL I know the ballerinas she’s talking about…a couple of mornings ago the northbound 1 was like a mosh pit, and then around 4th or 5th St. I saw a few girls leave via the back door…then more girls…more girls…I said to myself “waitaminute, all those girls were on this bus?” Must have been 20 girls! We’ve traveled together a couple more times since then.

    Thanks again Jessica!

  2. Cindi Schreiber

    I Cindi adopted the stop cause my dog named Boogers at the time would sit and wait for the bus. The bus drivers liked Boogers everyone got a kick out of watching Boogers arch down an then start barking at the bus as it was taking off.
    May 9,08 Boogers pastaway cause of cancer,now I have Pablo he is small guy.
    This stop here at 1941 Gaston Place Drive it stays pretty well clean I have a few drnking cups sometimes to pick up but not bad.
    Just to let you know I am in a wheelchair and it is a pleasure to do somethings, my husband and I use capital metro daily I use Sts for appointments and at times like this past week every day I had to ride STS to get to a doctors appointments.
    I would not trade you capital metro for anything cause the service I get is good and I cant fus.

  3. I live in Leander and I am thankful that the Leander Station is very clean. There are trash receptacles on the platform. There is a great area with trails and a little lake for a pre-or post transit stretch. The xeriscaping is nice and there are plenty of shady benches to wait for the bus or train. Plenty of parking spaces too to leave your car (or bicycle).

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