Septa unveiled plans of a partnership with NRG Energy at a press conference late Thursday morning.
The new partnership is the third of its kind and will replace a previous partnership with AT&T. The partnership includes the renaming of AT&T Station on the Broad Street Line. The station will be renamed to NRG Station and will feature new amenities for travelers.
“This agreement with NRG will deliver major benefits to our customers and other taxpayers who help fund the Authority’s operations,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pat Deon. “The income this generates will go directly toward the everyday costs of running the transit system.”
Septa plans to add new interactive, digital screens to NRG Station. The subway station will also have new NRG kiosks that will have portable cell phone chargers available for rent.
“This is a destination type station,” Busch said. “Most folks who use the station are going are going to and from the sports complex. Say, somebody is going to a game at the sports complex and they want to be able to charge their phone while they’re at the game. They can rent one of these packs and then bring it back to the station.”
The partnership aims to remind Septa travelers they have a choice in energy providers. Another main goal of the partnership is to keep costs low for travelers.
“Septa is always looking for opportunities like this that raise revenue away from the fare box,” Busch said. “So that we’re controlling costs and keeping the costs as low as possible for our customers.”
Vice President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division Mike Starck thinks it is appropriate the energy company should team up with Philly’s largest form of public transportation.
“NRG is committed to the community and providing the first-class products and service Philly residents deserve,” said Starck. “As Philly’s hometown energy supplier, this partnership will allow NRG to engage with hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The partnership is set to raise five million dollars for Septa over the next five years. The changes to the subway stop are set to be completed by August 14.
WBCB’s Katie Donahue contributed to this report.