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Reducing Emissions

Sustainable Transportation

Penn Transit’s sustainability initiatives will continue to transition from focusing primarily on reducing single-occupancy vehicles to a more holistic approach to transportation. Penn Transit’s rich portfolio of programs and initiatives have helped the University increase the number of staff and faculty choosing sustainable commuting options, while continuing to maintain a safe and accessible campus. Recent expansion of resources for cyclists include additional bike racks, cycling maps, bike registration services, bike repair stations, as well as a cycling commuter reimbursement program launched in 2017. The next five years will continue to see promotion of participation in and development of alternative transportation programs. At the same time, Penn Transportation and Parking will look to improve the energy efficiency of parking facilities and work to minimize the environmental impacts of the Penn Transit fleet.

Getting Around Penn

Locust Walk

Walking

Penn is a pedestrian friendly environment with Locust Walk, a pedestrian street, running through the center of campus. The majority of Penn students walk to class, and a large percentage of staff and faculty who live in the area also walk to work.

Bike Rack

Biking

The University of Pennsylvania promotes bicycling as a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible means of transportation.  We encourage our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to incorporate bicycling into their daily and weekly routines. Cycling reduces traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and health care costs.  It fulfills the University's commitment to sustainability, and provides a low-cost way to move around the city while promoting physical and mental well-being.

Penn offers a number of resources for cyclists including, free bike registration to prevent theft, bike repair stations on campus, a bike helmet reimbursement program, and ample campus bike parking. Penn’s campus bike map also provides locations of all bike related services on campus.

A new program offers reimbursement to those who commute to Penn primarily by bicycle.

For a complete list of resources available to cyclists on campus, visit: www.upenn.edu/biking.

PennTransit Shuttle

PENN TRANSIT SERVICES

Penn Transit Services, the University operated transportation system, provides shuttles and buses that offer safe and efficient travel to, from and around campus. The service is free for holders of a valid PennCard. When used with other options throughout University City and with specified service boundaries that extend into Center City, riders can utilize an integrated transit system that is accessible year round, eliminating a need to have a car on campus. Additionally, with a valid PennCard members of the Penn Community can take advantage of Penn Transit, Loop Through University City (LUCY) and the Drexel University bus system at no charge.

Parking Garage at 40th & Walnut

PARKING

Penn Parking Services works hard to provide adequate and sustainable parking facilities for the purposes of commuters. Offering LED lights, special parking for Low Emission Vehicles and covered bike corrals in parking garages, Parking Services is looking to make its garages as sustainable as possible. 

Carpooling

Commuting options

The University supports a number of programs to encourage faculty, staff, students and visitors to utilize alternative modes of transportation. Through Penn’s Commuting Program, discounts are offered to students, faculty and staff for using public transportation options such as Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), PATCO and N.J. Transit.  Penn also promotes carpooling and vanpooling programs.

For commuters who  carpool, vanpool or use public transportation on a regular basis, Penn provides a "safety net" for in the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency or illness, unscheduled overtime, or if the regular ride home is not available for certain reasons. In partnership with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Emergency Ride Home Program provides registered commuters with a free ride to home, their car or to the place of the emergency.  Additionally, Penn’s Occasional Parking Program allows commuters to be able to drive to campus when necessary by offering discounted parking passes. 

PhillyCarShare

CAR SHARING

Although it is easy to get around Penn and Philadelphia on foot, by bike or using a variety of public transit options, there are still times when a car comes in handy. Penn has negotiated favorable membership rates with the City’s two car sharing companies Enterprise Carshare and Zip Car. There are over 30 cars parked in or around campus making car share an easy and convenient alternative to bringing a car on campus.