SEPTA Stressing Safety for Sports Fans With Safety Blitz, Phanatic Video Game

People are falling onto SEPTA tracks too often. SEPTA is trying to put a stop to that.

SEPTA has a problem with people going on to the train tracks. Sometimes this is voluntary: One man leapt onto the Broad Street Subway tracks last year to retrieve an orange.

But a lot of the time it’s accidental: In the past few years, people have fallen onto the tracks because they’ve been distracted by cell phones, danced too close to the edge or walked too close to the tracks.

SEPTA has, obviously, been trying to change that. This year, it’s pushing out a “Respect the Train” campaign, one that includes an interactive presentation and a five-minute YouTube safety video with catchy intro music.

The Phillies are playing the Dodgers at a businessperson’s special today, and SEPTA safety officers are on hand to remind passengers to pay attention for once and don’t fall on to the tracks. SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern says the transit authority gives one “safety blitz” a month, and tries to do one during a businessperson special at AT&T (Pattison) Station close to the start of football season.

“It’s to remind our regular customers and people who might not be familiar with the system and might not be familiar with their surroundings,” she said. SEPTA will be handing out a brochure today about safety measures for all of SEPTA’s trains.

If brochures aren’t your thing to learn to stay off the train tracks, SEPTA also has a video game with the Phillie Phanatic.

2015 Respect the Train Brochure