SEPTA Changes The Name Of Pattison Station To AT&TJune 25th, 2010 - 7:34 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
Philadelphia, June 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Pattison Station which have long served to be the subway station for Citizens Bank Park along with Lincoln Financial Field and Wachovia Center shall soon witness a change in it’s name. The change is an immediate effect of the $5 million agreement that has been signed by the board of SEPTA which is the acronym of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
The SEPTA board of directors on Thursday declared their decision to change the name of Pattison Station to AT and T Station. According to the terms of the contract, SEPTA shall receive a total of $3 million and the rest of the money shall be handed over to Titan Outdoor, SEPTA’s advertisement handler. Titan Outdoor shall be responsible for all costs of changing the name and reprinting everything under the new name. One of the former riders of SEPTA, ex Philadelphia math teacher Jerry Silverman feels that the name shouldn’t be changed totally but should retain a part of it’s original name so that the riders aren’t confused. Jerry Silverman happens to be the ex chairperson of SEPTA’s citizen advisory committee and he feels that changing the name of a station is an important issue and should be considered carefully.
On the other hand, the SEPTA board has already approved the transferring of a total amount of $26 million for “service stabilization fund” which shall function to cover up the deficit in the operating budget. Joseph Casey, SEPTA’s general manager feels that the change in the name of the station shall help SEPTA to “defray all tax payers cost”. It was declared that SEPTA shall employ all extra funding to reduce the fare hikes.
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