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SEPTA for a Cleaner Philadelphia

By Heather Redfern
SEPTA Press Officer

Spring is time to tidy up - break out the brooms and sweep away the remnants of a long, cold winter. For the Authority's employees, that means heading out to SEPTA locations across the city for Mayor Michael A. Nutter's annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up".

For the sixth consecutive year, more than 600 SEPTA volunteers, their family members and City Year corps members headed to 14 of the Authority's sites. From the Southern District to Frankford Transportation Center, Wister Regional Rail Station to 2nd and Wyoming, the clean-up crews raked, swept, shoveled and filled thousands of bags with bottles, paper, wrappers and other trash, including a few tires.

"This is always a worthwhile event," said Authority General Manager Joe Casey. "The pride we show in SEPTA and this city is overwhelming. What makes it even more wonderful is the fact that our employees get their families, even young children, involved."

In addition to cleaning SEPTA locations, City Year corps members also worked on another beautification project, sketching and painting images on parachute cloth that will be adhered to the columns of the Market Frankford Line at 52nd Street Station. "We can always count on City Year to help us with the clean-up and to partner with us for station improvements," said Casey. Corps members have previously completed murals at Wister Regional Rail Station and Millbourne Station on the Market Frankford Line.

Following their hard work across the city, the SEPTA volunteers and City Year corps members celebrated with food, dancing and prizes at Festival Pier on Penn's Landing. The group received a personal thank you from Mayor Nutter, who stopped by the party to applaud SEPTA's and City Year's annual involvement in his Clean-Up.

"People want a cleaner, safer city and SEPTA is committed to safety in the system and on the streets," said Mayor Nutter, who noted that that he was excited to be with staff from the "best transit agency in the country" and the "best City Year organization in America."

Not only did Mayor Nutter come to thank the volunteers for their role in the Clean-Up, he also presented a few prizes to three lucky participants - tickets to sit in the Mayor's Box at Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game.

Employees from Germantown Brake Shop, with brooms and shovels in hand, cleaned the streets surrounding the facility.

Little Alana came with her grandmother to help the FTC volunteer crew.

City Year corps members painted parachute cloths that will be used to beautify columns at the 52nd Street Market Frankford Line station.

This group from Callowhill District was among more than 600 volunteers who spent a beautiful Saturday cleaning 14 SEPTA sites across Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter (center) and SEPTA GM Joe Casey (center right) thanked tje City Year volunteers at Festival Pier.