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File #: 180056    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 1/25/2018 In control: Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities to investigate train operators' responsibilities for cleanup, maintenance, and beautification of transit entry points into Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature18005600.pdf
Title
Authorizing Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities to investigate train operators' responsibilities for cleanup, maintenance, and beautification of transit entry points into Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Each year Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.5 million tons of residential and commercial waste-one ton for every resident-while spending tens of millions of dollars each year cleaning up short dumping and litter; and

WHEREAS, The vast majority of entry points into the City are riddled with graffiti, trash, and debris along its railroad tracks, making for an unsightly view for those who live, work, or visit Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Ownership of the train tracks that make up the Philadelphia transit system include Conrail, SEPTA, Amtrak, CSX, and Norfolk-Southern; and

WHEREAS, Many neighborhood groups, City departments, and volunteers have worked diligently for years on strategies to clean up the tracks, including graffiti abatement programs, surveillance cameras for short dumping violations, and regular reporting of illegal activities to law enforcement; and

WHEREAS, Last summer the City of Philadelphia reached an agreement with Conrail to address a stretch of train tracks used for an open-air drug market in North Philadelphia and subsequently cleared 2,700 tons of debris, including an estimated 500,000 used syringes; and

WHEREAS, Train owners should make a similar commitment and devote the resources necessary to clean up other areas which are under their jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, As the City competes to attract large companies like Amazon, these aesthetics harm our ability to demonstrate our credentials as a "First Class City" worthy of significant economic investment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby authorizes Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities to investigate train operators' responsibilities for cleanup, maintenance, and beau...

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