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A year ago, SEPTA received a call from a producer with the National Geographic Channel’s series World’s Toughest Fixes. He expressed an interest in filming an hour-long TV show featuring the behind the scenes work taking place in SEPTA’s maintenance shops, subway tunnels and other areas the public never sees. The result is a special television program providing a surprisingly intimate and unique look at the jobs SEPTA employees do each day.
On Tuesday, June 6, to celebrate and promote this unique national exposure, Comcast and SEPTA will host an invitation only preview reception, and show an excerpt of the episode on The Comcast Experience Video Wall in the Comcast Center lobby. In attendance will be Sean Riley, the host of World’s Toughest Fixes, as well as Mayor Michael Nutter and other elected leaders, leaders in the Philadelphia business and civic world, executives of Comcast, the National Geographic and SEPTA; and of course, the dozens of SEPTA employees who are the real stars of the show.
The episode focuses on the hard work and dedication of thousands of SEPTA workers, whose efforts are usually unseen and unknown. For several weeks, National Geographic Channel lugged its high definition cameras through the bowels of the SEPTA subway system, into the back shops and to the heights of its electrical grid to film the unseen story of how SEPTA works. It is riveting television – with actual rivets.
The episode, titled World’s Toughest Transit: Philly Mega Fix is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel on Thursday, June 10 at 9:00 p.m. Visit www.natgeotv.com/fixes for more information about the episode.
To learn more about the SEPTA employees featured in the episode and their job assignments, visit www.septa.org/megatransit.