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Celebrations, Events Kick off Spring at SEPTA

SEPTA is kicking off spring 2011 by celebrating accomplishments and participating in community events.

On March 22, 2011, just a couple days after winter officially ended, SEPTA's busy ribbon-cutting season started. First on the list was a gathering at the Norristown Transportation Center.

SEPTA was joined by a host of local officials and dignitaries to mark the opening of the Bieber Tourways Bus Terminal. In February, Bieber Tourways, Inc., a private, nationwide coach operator, opened a bus terminal at SEPTA's recently constructed garage at the Norristown Transportation Center. This welcome addition to the facility means riders can now embark on cross-country trips from the same facility they use for their daily commute.

"The addition of the Bieber Tourways Terminal offers exciting new travel options at the Norristown Transportation Center," SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey said.

Casey noted cooperative effort that made the new bus terminal possible - one that spanned federal, state, county and local governments, along with SEPTA and Bieber. Casey said SEPTA was honored to play a role in the process. Coincidentally, just a week earlier, Casey himself was the one receiving praise.

Casey was selected to receive the prestigious "Service to Humanity" award from the March of Dimes Foundation. Casey was chosen by the organization's board for his "achievements and leadership" and "efforts to promote economic development in Southeastern Pennsylvania." SEPTA's Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel accepted the award on Casey's behalf at the March of Dimes spring luncheon on March 15, 2011.

And as the temperatures get warmer, so does SEPTA's public schedule. Among the big events so far: SEPTA's participation in the 2011 Philly Spring Clean Up.

The annual event, which was held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, was a huge success, thanks in part to the participation of 672 SEPTA employees and their families and friends, who worked at 12 sites throughout the city. This set a new record for SEPTA's participation in the clean-up.

Casey praised the effort in a thank you letter to employees. "Customer and community service have become the hallmarks for SEPTA and our employees," the general manager said. "Once again, your efforts helped to make the Philly Spring Clean Up a great success."

SEPTA will continue to keep riders, employees and the public updated about upcoming events and other news on its Website. Links to announcements and other information can be found on the News & Events section on the homepage. Press releases, original stories about SEPTA and other news-related items are continuously updated on the Newsroom section of the Website.

Ribbon-cutting for the Bieber Tourways Bus Terminal at the Norristown Transportation Center on March, 22, 2011.

SEPTA employees hard at work during the 2011 Philly Spring Clean Up.

SEPTA had a record number of participants take part in this year's Philly Spring Clean Up.

AGM & Chief Engineer Jeffrey D. Knueppel speaks at the March of Dimes luncheon on March 15, 2011.