Philadelphia Zoo to Unveil New SEPTA PZ Express Train

In partnership with SEPTA, Philadelphia Zoo is working to foster the future generation of SEPTA riders

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 15, 2014)  – Philadelphia Zoo, with partner SEPTA, today unveiled a brand new look for the SEPTA PZ Express, a popular attraction which invites the Zoo’s youngest visitors aboard for a fun train ride.
 
Through this partnership, and with the SEPTA PZ Express as a vessel, Philadelphia Zoo is working to educate visitors and future SEPTA riders about the positive environmental impact of using public transportation. Riding SEPTA, even a few times a week, can save 42 million gallons of gas a year and decrease the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by 16 pounds each day – equivalent to the amount it would take to fill 300 balloons.
 
Through a series of focused efforts, the Zoo has worked to redefine its role as a conservation and education organization, and to significantly deepen its positive impact on the environment. One such effort is educating and engaging our visitors about the effects of climate change by carbon dioxide emissions on the planet’s wildlife. Climate change is threatening the livelihood of many already endangered species. Migratory patterns of birds are disrupted, rainfall changes are impacting the moist conditions necessary for species like frogs to breed, rising temperatures are complicating entire food webs and melting ice could lead to polar bear extinction by 2050. Simple, every day changes, like riding SEPTA, can positively influence the outlook for these species and more.
 
“We are thrilled to continue working with our partners at SEPTA,” says Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer, Philadelphia Zoo. “Across the organization, we are committed to reducing impacts of climate change on wildlife here, in Philadelphia, and around the world. Riding SEPTA is just one small change everyone can make to help save wildlife and protect the environment. We are proud to align ourselves with another organization that champions sustainability in its operations as well as its mission, and we look forward to doing our part to foster future SEPTA riders.”

SEPTA, an industry leader forging new standards for public transit safety, sustainability and state of good repair capital improvements, is in the business of sustainability. Leveraging a “people-planet-prosperity” approach, SEPTA is driving sustainable decision-making throughout the organization and working to build a more sustainable region. SEPTA’s employees are dedicated to delivering safe, courteous, convenient and dependable public transit services for the people of our region, and contributing to the region's economic vitality, sustainability and enhanced quality of life.

“Our partnership with Philadelphia Zoo and the ‘SEPTA PZ Express’ allows us to capture not only the magic of a child’s first train ride, but also introduces them to the idea of using public transportation for a lifetime,” says Joseph M. Casey, General Manager, SEPTA. “In one 360 degree trip, we have an opportunity to show kids how to board and ride trains safely, while reinforcing the theme that transit is an environmental choice that preserves the world and its wildlife.”

SEPTA PZ Express tickets are $3.00 per person, and FREE for Family Deluxe members. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.PhiladephiaZoo.org.

ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO:
America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, to become a donor, member or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.philadelphiazoo.org. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.

ABOUT SEPTA
Fifty years ago on February 18, 1964, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide public transit services for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Today, SEPTA is the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system with a vast network of fixed routes including bus, subway, elevated trains, trolley, trackless trolley, high speed, and Regional Rail commuter trains serving a 2,202 square mile transit region. Nearly one million trips each workday and more than 340 million trips each year are provide to SEPTA passengers. The Authority is also one of the region’s largest employers, with a workforce of more than 9,300 employees.