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Marking a Milestone Clean-Up

Heather Redfern
Public Information Manager

For the last 10 years, hundreds of the Authority's staff members, their families, City Year corps members and local residents have headed to stations, depots and transportation centers across Philadelphia to participate in the Mayor's annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up".

This year, with brooms, rakes and shovels in hand, more than 700 employees volunteered their time on Saturday, April 8, to clean 13 SEPTA locations, including Frankford and 69th Street Transportation Centers; Front Street and Girard Avenue; 2nd and Wyoming; Midvale Depot/Wayne Junction Station; and Broad and Lehigh.

"I am proud of the effort our employees put into the Spring Clean-Up every year," said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, who joined more than 100 SEPTA employees and their families and friends, State Representative Jason Dawkins, Frankford Community Development Corporation Executive Director Kimberly Washington, City Year Corps members and neighbors at Frankford Transportation Center. "To have more than 700 staff members give their time on a Saturday morning, and bring their families and friends, to make our facilities and the surrounding neighborhoods look better is incredible. This isn't light cleaning - our volunteers put in a morning of hard work on their day off."

SEPTA has participated in the Philly Spring Clean-Up from the start. "It's important that we show to the city and the region that we care about the people and communities we serve," said Knueppel.

After the hundreds of trash bags were collected and the cleaning supplies were put away, SEPTA's volunteers headed to the River Rink on Columbus Boulevard for lunch, dancing and prizes. "SEPTA has had a leadership role in the Clean-Up since the first year," said Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, who addressed the volunteers. "On behalf of the City, I thank you all for what you do for our citizens not just every year, but every day."

More than 100 volunteers, including SEPTA GM Knueppel, gathered for a group shot at Frankford Transportation Center before starting their Clean-Up assignments.

Callowhill District was one of 13 SEPTA Clean-Up sites.

Employees, family members and friends cleaned the area around Elmwood District in Southwest Philadelphia.

Fern Rock Shop volunteers on a well-deserved break.