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Tidying Up the Yards, Depots, Stations and Shops

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Public Information Manager

'Tis the season to bring out the brooms, shovels, rakes and trash bags to spruce up one's property by clearing away a winter's worth of debris. For hundreds of SEPTA employees, their families and City Year corps members, that meant spending a sunny spring morning at 14 of the Authority's stations, depots and transportation centers across Philadelphia, participating in Mayor Michael Nutter's annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up".

From 69th Street Transportation Center to Fox Chase Regional Rail Station, Woodland Depot to Fern Rock, more than 700 volunteers donned their work gloves and safety vests and canvassed the city on April 11, to "unlitter" SEPTA properties.

"We never have a shortage of help for the Mayor's Clean-Up," said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey who spent the morning at 69th Street Transportation Center. "Our employees take great pride in the communities we serve and the Spring Clean-Up gives our staff the opportunity to demonstrate to residents how committed we are to making our neighborhoods better for all of us."

For some SEPTA employees, the Clean-Up is a family affair - many staff members bring their children with them to assist. "Participating in the Clean-Up is a great way for the young members of the extended SEPTA family to learn the value of community service and civic pride," said Casey.

After the final pieces of trash and last piles leaves were collected, it is was time for SEPTA's clean teams to head to the Blue Cross River Rink for a picnic. "Our employees, their families and the City Year corps members could have chosen to spend their Saturday doing something not related to their regular employment or job duties," said Casey."This was a great way to celebrate their hard work and thank them for donating their time and making a difference in our city."

Volunteers at Margaret-Orthodox took a quick break from cleaning to pose for a photo.

How appropriate! The "Unlitter Us" bus passed volunteers near Wayne Junction.

SEPTA employees and their family members were ready for action bright and early at the Southern District.

Among those lending helping hands were City Year corps members, like these at Olney Transportation Center.

SEPTA GM Joe Casey (right) and Deputy GM Jeff Knueppel, who spent their mornings at 69th Street Transportation Center and Woodland Depot respectively, greeted the volunteers at the River Rink.