Delaware Launches Adopt-a-Shelter Program

The following information was released by the Delaware Department of Transportation:

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and DART First State today announced the launching of the new Adopt-A-Shelter program to enlist community and business partnerships to help maintain bus shelters throughout the state. The first Adopt-A Shelter partner is the Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, who will be adopting the shelter along New Castle Ave., immediately in front of the church.

Delaware Transit Corporation Executive Director Stephen Kingsberry stated, We are pleased to launch our Adopt-A-Shelter Program, and are honored to have Canaan Baptist Church be our first official partner. We look forward to many more organizations coming forth to be recognized for helping us keep our shelters clean and safe for our riders. We are excited that this program will help bring more stakeholders and communities to recognize public transit as an integral part of improving the quality of life and economy in Delaware.

The Canaan Baptist bus shelter will be dedicated in a ceremony on May 15 at 1:30 pm, by Reverend Christopher Bullock and Church Trustees, who have agreed to adopt the shelter for one year. State Senator David McBride and State Representative James Johnson provided funds for the construction of the bus shelter at the Church.

All adopted shelters will contain a sign designating the agency, group or individual, supporting the site. The single page Adopt-A-Shelter agreement allows the shelter adopter to determine the maintenance schedule or agree on a schedule set by DART. DART believes that these partnerships will result in more attractive and cleaner shelter environments for its customers while also reducing the number of incidents and associated costs of vandalism. It is also an opportunity for individuals and/or groups to be publicly recognized for their contribution to the community.

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