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Councilwoman partners with business community on ‘Adopt A Stop’ program

Posted: 4:17 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 17:22:00-04

LAFAYETTE, La. – District 8 City-Parish Councilwoman Liz Webb Hebert is working with local businesses to cover the cost of construction for sheltered bus stops through the  “Adopt A Stop program,” which was approved by the Lafayette City-Parish Council on September 4, 2018.

The program aims to build more covered shelters through donations from business partners and community leaders. The councilwoman has been working for more than two years to address the lack of bus stops shelters for Lafayette Transit System riders.

Throughout the City of Lafayette, riders can catch a bus at 650 stops. However, of that number, only ten percent of local bus stops offer covered shelters, according to Hebert.

“These adopted stops, in addition to the 11 stops that LCG budgets for annually, make for an essential public/private partnership,” Hebert explained.

The average cost of a three-sided bus shelter with a roof and concrete pad is $6,000.

Hebert has been successful in securing pledges from Lafayette General Medical Center, the University of Louisiana, McDonalds of Acadiana, Lafayette Parish School System, UNITECH Training Academy, the Islamic Center of Lafayette, Pinhook Foundation, The Spark Foundation, and CGI to build more than 20 new sheltered bus stops.

Business and organizations interested in adopting a stop are asked to email Hebert at lizhebert@lafayettela.gov or donate to the Adopt A Bus Stop project at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) online at https://form.jotform.com/81514193809965 . Contributions to the Adopt A Stop Fund through CFA are tax deductible.

For more information on Lafayette Transit System visit  www.ridelts.com .