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Agencies invite residents to 'Try Transit'


"Try Transit Week," sponsored by American Public Transportation Association, is in full swing, running through Sept. 16. A sampling of planned activities range from meeting and greeting passengers to running special trains to hosting concerts and food drives.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission are holding daily drawings for TransitCheks — vouchers employers can use to provide up to $60 tax-free commuter benefits.

On Sept. 13, SEPTA staff plans to meet with riders at the Market-East Station to share comments and questions. SEPTA employees plan to join forces with The Clean Air Council Sept. 14 to register riders to vote.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials plan to host "Transit Makes Communities Livable" Sept. 13, to showcase the agency’s new Rosslyn Metro Station. Officials plan to dedicate the station’s mural and showcase its next-train arrival sign. WMATA also plans to promote its Metrochek SmartBenefits program at Department of Transportation Plaza.

Sept. 15 and 16 activities include concerts: "The Anointed Jazz Quorum" plans to perform at Freedom Plaza Sept. 15 while WMATA staff display transportation alternatives and benefits. On Sept. 16, "Common Ground" and Michael Lington plan to perform at the Marie Reed Learning Center promoting WMATA’s late-night weekend service and Link shuttle-bus service.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Transit Executive Director Jeffrey Warsh met passengers at Newark Penn Station Sept. 11.

In addition to handing out tokens of appreciation at several stations, NJ Transit also began a week-long food drive. Passengers who brought non-perishable food items to Try Transit Week events Sept. 11 were given NJ Transit t-shirts or tickets to a local attraction.

The agency plans to donate all food collected at stations during Try Transit Week to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside.

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