Transportation

METRO Board Votes To Spend $21 Million On Cleaning Bus Stops

Transit officials want to improve cleanliness to encourage more people to ride.

The cleaning contracts will cover hundreds of Houston bus stops, like this one in the Third Ward on McGowen Street at Napoleon.

Dirty bus stops often come up during the public comment session at METRO’s board meetings. Now, the board has approved $21 million in cleaning contracts with five janitorial companies — about triple the amount of past spending.

The contractors will be responsible for cleaning around 9,000 METRO bus stops. Along with trash pickup, they’ll also do pressure washing and grass cutting.

Board member Jim Robinson says the stops are often where riders get their first impression of the transit agency.

“If the bus stop is dirty that is going to create a perception in peoples’ minds that METRO is dirty,” said Robinson. “And people don’t want to associate with something like that.”

METRO CEO Tom Lambert said bus stop maintenance can also enhance a neighborhood’s quality-of-life.

“How people feel when they’re waiting for transit is extremely important,” said Lambert. “How those stops are tied back to communities are extremely important.”

Some area management districts are also helping with bus stop maintenance.

Lambert said if anyone has concerns about a particular bus stop they should let METRO know about it.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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