Who can participate?
Any nonprofit, or for-profit, nonpartisan organization or group may become a sponsor of a CARTA bus stop. This includes groups, individuals, private companies, public agencies, churches, schools, school groups, civic organizations/groups, etc. Staff will review each registration to determine if the group or individual is approved to adopt the stop. CARTA reserves the right to decline groups or individuals for a variety of reasons including best business practices.
How long is the contract?
One year with a minimum of one visit per week. Volunteers are welcomed to visit more if needed.
Are there any rules or regulations?
Volunteers agree to empty the trash can and pick up litter around the designated bus stop once a week for the length of the adoption term. Volunteers are asked not to plant flowers, paint or alter the bus stop in any way.
Can I choose my bus stop?
You may choose any CARTA bus stop without a shelter. We will inform you if your requested bus stop is available. If that bus stop is not available, we will provide other options.
Can I paint the trash can?
CARTA will provide you with a trash can. If you would like to paint your can that is possible. Your design must be pre-approved by CARTA staff and should illustrate the theme “A Beautiful Charleston” and is not used for advertisement, promotion or self-promotional purposes.
The Adopt-A-Stop program is a great way to give back and get involved in the community. Adopting a bus stop helps make the community more beautiful while protecting the environment. Everyone benefits from this program, from property owners, businesses and visitors to transit riders. As an added bonus you will be recognized by CARTA at that stop. In return for adopting a stop and volunteering your time to monitor and maintain it, you can have your name displayed on a special Adopt-A-Stop sign located at your adopted stop. Plus, it’s free to adopt!