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Spring Cleaning with SEPTA

Heather Redfern
Public Information Manager

When the Philadelphia region finally experienced spring - albeit it just briefly - approximately 700 SEPTA employees, their families, friends and City Year Corps members headed to stations, depots and transportation centers across Philadelphia for the 11th annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up". SEPTA has participated in the event every year.

On Saturday, April 14, the SEPTA volunteers broke out the brooms, rakes, gloves and trash bags to clean 11 SEPTA locations, including Frankford Transportation Center, Fern Rock Depot/Olney Transportation Center, Wister Station, Midvale Depot/Wayne Junction Station and Woodland Depot. General Manager Jeff Knueppel and more than 40 volunteers from SEPTA's Women in Transit (WIT) group, the Philadelphia chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and City Year Corps joined community members and City employees in Southwest Philadelphia for a neighborhood cleanup project.

"SEPTA has a strong presence in Southwest Philadelphia," said Knueppel at a kick-off press conference with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. "From 49th to 72nd Streets between Lindbergh Boulevard and Woodland Avenue, SEPTA operates two trolley lines, four bus routes and the Airport Regional Rail Line. It is for this reason that SEPTA sees itself not only as a transportation provider in Southwest Philly, but as a community partner- committed to improving the quality of life for residence in the neighborhood."

Across the city, the SEPTA volunteers filled hundreds of bags with trash and raked countless piles of leaves. After a morning of hard work, the clean team headed to the Blue Cross River Rink for a celebratory luncheon. "This was one of the few beautiful spring days we have had this season and our employees, their families and the City Year Corps decided to spend their time making a difference in our city," said Knueppel. "I was thrilled to have the opportunity to greet many of our staff members and their families after the clean-up and thank them for donating their time. The pride they show in SEPTA and this city is tremendous."

SEPTA GM Knueppel, WIT and COMTO members kicked off the Clean-Up at a press conference in Southwest Philadelphia, near the tracks used by the Airport Regional Rail Line.

SEPTA broke out the brooms, rakes, gloves and shovels for the Clean-up.

As always, City Year Corps members joined the SEPTA staff, their families and friends at locations across the city, like Elmwood Depot.

The SEPTA volunteers filled hundreds of bags with trash and leaves.

GM Knueppel and volunteers gathered for a luncheon following the Clean-up