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 Sustainability in Action Tours

All tours are on Sunday, August 5. Please sign up for all tours at the SEPTA Host Desk. Times subject to change.

Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour (1 p.m.)

SEPTA will partner with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to host a bike tour from Center City along the Schuylkill River Trail to Manayunk, an outlying neighborhood in Philadelphia. Along the way, participants will sample SEPTA's initiatives to educate customers on how to use its bus bike racks, Philadelphia's soon-to-be-complete TIGER-funded trail projects, and SEPTA's historic Manayunk Bridge, which is in the process of being converted into a multi-purpose trail that will be integrated into the regional trail network. The round-trip tour is approximately 15 miles.

Wayside Energy Storage (1 p.m.)

SEPTA will host a tour of its Letterly Substation in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, where a wayside energy storage device has been installed to capture, store, and reuse regenerative braking from SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line. The device, currently in its demonstration phase, will also participate as a distributed energy resource in the frequency regulation market to generate revenue that will improve the project's return on investment. Project partners will be on hand to discuss the innovative project approach, which has received international media attention.

Food Access (12 p.m.)

SEPTA partner with The Enterprise Center (TEC) to host a tour of its 46th Street Station area, which in the past two years has become a model of SEPTA's triple bottom line approach to sustainability. The station, rehabbed in the mid-2000s, has become an anchor for sustainable community redevelopment. SEPTA has leased a lot adjacent to the station to TEC, which has converted the land into an urban farm. A 1000-gallon cistern was installed to capture rainwater from the station building to irrigate the farm. Solar panels are being installed on the station building to power the irrigation system. And now, community youths are being engaged through a program to learn urban agriculture, and their produce will be sold through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at SEPTA headquarters in Center City. These program components will be on display and discussed with project partners.

Self-Guided Tour of SEPTA Art In Transit Installations (12 p.m.)

Philadelphia is a city known for public art from Oldenburg’s Clothes Pin to Robert Indiana’s iconic Love sculpture. Participants will have the opportunity to visit SEPTA’s contribution to the culture of the region with a self-guided tour of Art In Transit commissions. Ride the Market Frankford Line, between Frankford Transportation Center and Millbourne Station, and see 11 original works of public art created for each location or hop on the Broad Street Line to enjoy the newest installations at Spring Garden and Girard Stations. Guide sheets will be available at the SEPTA Host Desk.

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