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8/7/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

SEPTA earns APTA's 'gold' recognition for sustainability efforts


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Yesterday, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded “Gold Recognition” to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for its sustainability achievements.

SEPTA is the fourth public transit system to achieve the gold honor based on the “APTA Sustainability Commitment,” association officials said in a prepared statement.

Public transit agencies and businesses that participate in APTA’s voluntary program implement processes that support continuous improvement in environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives.

“SEPTA is a national Leader in sustainability,” said King County Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond, who chairs the APTA Sustainability Committee.

A founding signatory of the APTA Sustainability Commitment program in 2009, SEPTA has established a sustainability program that “significantly reduced its environmental footprint,” association officials said.

SEPTA achieved a 19.7 percent reduction in water usage per passenger miles traveled (PMT), a 10 percent reduction in fuel use per PMT, a 4 percent reduction in electricity use per PMT and a 3.6 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per PMT, they said.


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