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PATCO TO MARK NATIONAL MASS TRANSPORTATION WEEK

 PATCO TO MARK NATIONAL MASS TRANSPORTATION WEEK
 LINDENWOLD, N.J., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- "Don't be an S.O.V." --


riders on the PATCO High-Speed Line will see that slogan repeatedly as "Try Transit Week" kicks off on Monday, May 11.
 S.O.V. stands for "Single-Occupant Vehicle." In other words, don't drive alone.
 PATCO employees will mark the national mass transportation week, this year dubbed "Try Transit," by wearing "Don't Be An S.O.V." buttons, awarding prizes and presenting a different theme each day. The employees will also distribute about 5,000 packages of flower seeds to emphasize that mass transit reduces air pollution.
 "We have a real problem with traffic in South Jersey, especially with the Route 70 reconstruction project," said PATCO General Manager Robert G. Schwab. "We are asking people who normally drive alone to 'Try Transit,' and share a ride with others on PATCO," Schwab said.
 PATCO is offering a "Ticket to Ride Sweepstakes." Participants can win one year of free transportation, as well as 10-trip and round-trip PATCO tickets for answering a few transit-related questions. Entry forms are part of a brochure that will be distributed throughout PATCO.
 Try Transit Week is sponsored by the American Public Transit Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other groups.
 PATCO will host the following activities to emphasize the benefits of riding mass transit and ridesharing.
 Monday, May 11, Clean Air -- From 7 to 9 a.m. the American Lung Association will be at the 16th and Locust Street Station, Philadelphia, to distribute information.
 Tuesday, May 12, Energy Conservation -- From 4 to 6 p.m. Public Service Electric and Gas will be at the Woodcrest and Lindenwold stations distributing information about conserving energy.
 Wednesday, May 13, Employee/Rider Appreciation -- From 7 to 9 a.m. PATCO employees will distribute "Don't Be An S.O.V." pass holders to riders at all New Jersey stations. At noon, PATCO, NJ Transit and SEPTA will host a ceremony at the Penn Center underground, Philadelphia, to honor employees. PATCO will also honor its police, since May 11-15 is also Police Week.
 Thursday, May 14, Improved Mobility -- From 4 to 6 p.m., the Cross County Connection will distribute ridesharing information at the seven New Jersey PATCO parking lots. PATCO is encouraging motorists to share rides to the PATCO stations in order to reduce overcrowding at the station parking lots.
 Friday, May 15, Boosting Economic Activity -- From 4 to 6 p.m. the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will distribute TransitChek information at the 16th and Locust streets and 8th and Market streets stations in Philadelphia. TransitChek is an employer subsidized program in which employees can save up to $20 a month on their public transportation cost.
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