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Transportation Services

Campus Transportation Services

We have 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.

From 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., a limited on-call service is available. Please call 215-898-RIDE—the wait times may be longer.

For additional information, including schedules and route information, visit the Penn Transit Services website.

Taking Penn Shuttles

  • Call 215-898-RIDE when you're ready to go.
  • Provide your location, destination, and last name to the dispatcher.
  • Check regularly for your Penn Shuttle: a van with an X, N, or E lit up on top.
  • 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.

Taking Penn Buses

  • 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.

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
  • 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 via

Rider Responsibilities

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

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

If your USciences ID card is lost, stolen, or forgotten, call 215-898-RIDE to request and obtain permission to use the service before boarding a vehicle.

Baggage—including shopping bags—brought onto any bus or shuttle must fit on your lap.

Valid USciences ID card holders may bring up to 2 guests, provided they ride with the card holder.

Walking Escort Service

The USciences Department of Public Safety is available to provide walking escorts to all 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.  Public Safety works in conjunction with University City District to provide walking escort service beyond our patrol boundaries.

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


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 visit


Important Resources

Emergency Dispatch:
Non-Emergency Dispatch:
Police, Fire, & Medical Emergencies:
Environmental Health & Safety (Chemical Spills):
215-596-8925, 215-596-8843
Student Health Services:
Walking Escort:
Penn Transport Services:
215-898-RIDE (7433)


Michael E. Lapotasky, MA Ed, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


Office: 215-895-1118
Cell: 908-334-8877