Transit Interruption Information

University Plans Regarding Potential SEPTA Service Disruption

October 27, 2021

The University has put into place contingency plans for a possible SEPTA service disruption, which could begin as early as Monday, November 1. This work stoppage would impact SEPTA city bus, trolley, and subway services within the city. Regional Rail, Customized Community Transportation, the Norristown High-Speed Line, and Trolleys 101 and 102 would continue to run. In addition, the LUCY Shuttle will continue normal operations, with free service for staff, students, and faculty at Penn, UPHS, CHOP, and Wistar.

The University has encouraged members of the Penn community to be as flexible as possible in considering requests for temporary adjustments to work schedules (provided they do not disrupt our operations), especially as some staff and student workers may already have alternative schedules or locations due to the pandemic.

A service disruption will also pose challenges for our instructors who use SEPTA to come to campus or whose children may be in the Philadelphia School District. This includes graduate instructors and TAs. More information about support for continuing in-person course meetings will be provided should SEPTA services be interrupted.

In the event of a SEPTA service disruption, Penn will partner with Drexel, UPHS and CHOP to provide free transit services to all members of the Penn community, as well as employees of affiliated organizations.

More details and updates will be posted on the Penn Commuting Resources webpage, which also has more information about parking options. You can also visit the SEPTA website for updates, and University leadership will continue to communicate any new developments. 

We are recognize the extraordinary stress and disruption that members of the Penn community have already experienced over the last year and a half and appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to respond to any transit disruption.

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