SEPTA simulations keep students on safety track

Kids get behind-the-scenes look at city's transit system

Mark Abrams
May 16, 2018 - 4:25 pm
Students from St. Mary Interparochial School get a workout in the bus driver simulator.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than two dozens students from St. Mary Interparochial School got VIP access to the city's leading transit system.

Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade learned about SEPTA's operations during a behind-the-scenes visit after winning the Make the Safe Choice contest. Entrants had to submit a piece of artwork or an essay promoting safety along the SEPTA system.

Jennifer Kreszwick, SEPTA safety communications specialist, said the year-long partnership with the Society Hill elementary school has been a beneficial relationship.

"Maybe they ride the system or the don't, but living in the city and seeing what is happening in the background can be such a benefit to them," she said.

A SEPTA instructor guides a young student through paces to get her simulated passenger train out of 30th Street Station.
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Students had the opportunity to drive a passenger train simulator and stop to pick up passengers at a station.

Marley Sullivan, a seventh-grader selected for her artwork, said it was an eye-opening experience.

"Right now, we're doing a bus simulator and we also went to the control center and we met some people and they explained to us how the routes go and traffic," she said.