SEPTA seeks suggestions for new mascot

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What could SEPTA's mascot be? The Philadelphia-based transit agency is looking for suggestions until Oct. 24.
PHILADELPHIA — SEPTA is looking to join the ranks of sports teams and historic railroads that have mascots promoting their identities.

Officials with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority are seeking submissions online for suggestions for possible mascots with accompanying histories.

On the promotions website, agency officials point to Philadelphia sports teams' mascots: the Philly Phanatic; Franklin; SWOOP; and Gritty as noteworthy team ambassadors.

The Philadelphia Zoo also hatched an idea recently in the form of a purple dinosaur mascot, Phang

"So this got us thinking… what if SEPTA had a mascot? You might be familiar with Paws, SEPTA's Safety Dog, who is an excellent safety mascot, but his origin is a mystery," agency officials write. "So tell us: if SEPTA had a mascot, what would it look like, and what is its story?"

A railroad mascot in Philadelphia would help the agency secure another entry in the annals of history alongside Chesapeake & Ohio's "Chessie" cat and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western's famed "Phoebe Snow."

Ten people with good suggestions will be chosen to receive a SEPTA T-shirt and one fortunate contest winner with the top suggestion will receive a "November Anywhere TrailPass" for SEPTA commuting.

More information is available online. 
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