SEPTA to Celebrate a Century of Elevated Train Service in Philadelphia

SEPTA to Celebrate a Century of Elevated Train Service in Philadelphia Wed Feb 28, 10:37 AM ET


Contact: Felipe Suarez of SEPTA Media Relations, +1-215-580-7842

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by SEPTA:

Event: SEPTA to Celebrate a Century of Elevated Train Service in Philadelphia Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007 Time: 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Place: SEPTA Headquarters -- 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia PA Details: SEPTA will commemorate 100 years of subway-elevated train service in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 4, 2007 with a day of special events. Market Street Subway-Elevated service originally began operations from 69th Street Terminal to 15th Street Station on March 4, 1907. To mark the occasion, SEPTA will provide free service on the Market-Frankford Line for all riders between noon and 5 p.m. on March 4. Riders are also invited to attend a reception at SEPTA's Center City headquarters and participate in a series of events scheduled for the day. More than 50 photos of subway-elevated service from the early 1900s to the present time will be on display in the lobby at 1234 Market Street along with gigantic birthday cards that the public is welcome to sign. In addition, the public can listen to music played by legendary local DJ Jerry Blavat. SEPTA will also provide special entertainment for children of all ages at the reception. A hand- made replica of the first El train will also be on display. SEPTA General Manager Faye Moore will be joined at the celebration by State Representatives Harold James and James Roebuck, City Councilman Frank Rizzo, PA Deputy Secretary of Transportation Karen Rae, Federal Transportation Administration representative Herman Shipman and Central City District President & CEO Paul R. Levy. Blavat will also act as special emcee at the event.


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I've ridden it, some decades past - and thought the name aptly redolent of a pile of used wound dressings. Hope they've cleaned up a bit since.

A name change wouldn't hurt either - or they could just merge with the Illinois Central (SEPTIC)

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