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Transportation Services

Campus Transportation Services

The University of the Science has contracted with the University of Pennsylvania to provide bus and shuttle services to and from various locations on and off campus.

Penn Shuttles provide door-to-door service, while the Penn Bus will pick you up at any stop sign or traffic signal along its route.

If you'd like to take Penn Shuttle

  • When you're ready to go, call 215-898-RIDE
  • Give your location, destination, and last name to the dispatcher
  • Wait inside your building if you'd like
  • Check regularly for your Penn Shuttle van. An "X", "N", or "E" will be lit up on top of your van.
  • Your Shuttle will arrive 5-20 minutes after your call. It will wait for 3 minutes outside of your location and will use the horn if requested.
  • Have your ID Card available to show to the driver
  • Confirm your destination with the driver upon boarding the vehicle

If you'd like to take Penn Bus

  • Check the Penn Bus schedules to find out when the next bus will start its route
  • Check the Penn Bus maps to find the nearest intersection with a stop sign or traffic signal along its route
  • Wait at that intersection
  • Have your ID Card available to show to the driver

From 3am to 7am, a limited on-call service is available. Please call 215.898.RIDE, the wait times may be longer.

For additional information visit, the Penn Transit Services website at cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/ for updated schedules and route information.

Rider Rights and Responsibilities

USP tries its best keep the PennBUS and Penn Shuttle services safe and convenient for everyone. To this end, we ask that you keep in mind your rights and responsibilities when you get a ride with Penn Transit.

Rider Rights
  • A courteous and competent driver
  • A secure and timely ride
  • A clean, well-functioning, and safe vehicle
  • To be safe and secure within the vehicle before the vehicle starts moving
  • To have current route and schedule information available
  • To be picked up and dropped off at designated locations within service boundaries
  • A simple, timely and responsive process for filing an idea or suggestion emailing transit@usciences.edu
Rider Responsibilities

For safety reasons all riders must show their valid USP ID Card to the driver upon entering the vehicle. Drivers may refuse entry to any person not showing a valid USP Card.

Each driver has the right to deny service to any disruptive person. Penn Police or USP Public Safety & Security will provide assistance when required.

Those riders whose USP Cards have been lost, stolen, or forgotten will need to call 215-898-RIDE (7433) before boarding a vehicle to obtain permission to use the system

Baggage brought onto any Penn Transit vehicle must fit on the rider’s lap. This includes shopping bags.

Valid USP Card holders may be accompanied by up to 2 guests provided they ride with the USP Card holder

Walking Escort Service

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Department of Public Safety is available to provide walking escorts to all USP students, faculty and staff, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, upon request.

Walking escorts are provided for the purpose of safety and security to all locations within the Department of Public Safety patrol area (41st to 46th Street, Baltimore to Woodland (including 4619 Chester)).  The primary goal of the walking escort service is to allow safe travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security.

Call 215-895-1117 to arrange for a Walking Escort or request additional information. In the event of an emergency, call 215-596-7000.

Medical Escort Service

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Department of Public Safety provides medical escorts for non-life-threatening emergencies to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia approved hospitals, emergency rooms, and healthcare centers.

Call 215-895-1117 to arrange for a Medical Escort or request additional information. In the event of an emergency, call 215-596-7000.

SEPTA

For information regarding the SEPTA transportation system, which provides transportation services throughout the Philadelphia area, contact the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority at 215-580-7800 or www.septa.org.

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