Help Improve Air Quality By Taking SEPTA

April 27, 2015

In honor of Air Quality Awareness Week, April 27 - May 1, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) asks Pennsylvanians to renew their commitment to protecting air by taking proactive steps. At the top of the DEP's list: utilizing public transit!

Many best practices for improved air quality have been integrated into SEPTA's daily operations and infrastructure. Below is a list of ways that SEPTA has committed to improving air quality through burning less fuel, improving energy efficiency and investing in alternative energy.

  • Hybrid Vehicles: Currently, SEPTA's fleet of buses includes 609 hybrid-electric vehicles. Hybrid buses have significantly reduced the amount of diesel fuel needed to run the fleet. Less fuel = improved air quality.
  • LED Lights: SEPTA is in the process of retrofitting all of the Market-Frankford cars with LED lights. LED lights are 80%-90% energy efficient compared to traditional lighting. This means that SEPTA uses less electricity run the train. Energy efficiency = improved air quality.
  • Regenerative Braking and Wayside Storage: Did you know that both the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line cars generate electricity when they break. SEPTA can use this energy to help power both lines. SEPTA has also begun to capture and store the energy created from the breaking cars with a battery located in a Market-Frankford Line substation. You can read more about this project here. Alternative energy sources = improved air quality.

For some suggestions on how you can take proactive steps to improve air quality in the home and outside, read DEP list of recommendations here.