Getting from Here to There Safely—Seven Days a Week
Penn Transit’s New Campus Loop
Penn Transit has added a new service to provide transportation to faculty, staff and students looking to go from one point on campus to another campus location. The Campus Loop will be a pilot program that will be monitored for usage and effectiveness as we work to provide the most efficient service to the campus community.
The Campus Loop will run from 7 p.m.–3 a.m., seven days a week, in a continuous route beginning at the N.E. corner of 34th and Walnut Streets, going west to 44th and Walnut Streets, turning south on 44th Street to Spruce Street, going east on Spruce Street to 33rd Street, going north on 33rd Street to Walnut Street, and then traveling west on Walnut Street once again. Each loop will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
The Campus Loop will stop at each corner along its route where there is a traffic light or stop sign. Riders should look out for a Penn Transit van with a “Campus Loop” sign and show a valid PennCard in order to board.
Other Shuttle Services to Off-Campus Locations
If you need transportation to off-campus locations, please take advantage of our PennBus or Penn Shuttle services, available year-round except for all holidays observed by the University.
PennBus West: Is an evening bus service, which runs between 4:46 p.m. and midnight Monday through Friday, serving West Philadelphia (along Baltimore Ave., Springfield Ave., 48th St., and Spruce St.).
PennBus East: Is an evening bus service, which runs between 5 p.m. and midnight Monday through Friday, serving Center City (along Chestnut St., 23rd St., South St., 20th St. and Walnut St.). Persons may also wait at any corner or the 20th and Locust Streets WAWA store pickup point, or the Left Bank entrances on Chestnut or Walnut Streets for a return to campus.
Penn Shuttle Services
Various shuttle vehicles provide transportation to and from Campus Transit Stops, West Philadelphia, Powelton Village and Center City, within our defined boundaries. Wait times for persons returning to campus are usually 5-20 minutes, but may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.
All shuttle services from 1 a.m.–7 a.m. are “on call,” please call (215) 898-RIDE during these hours.
Please Note: The only pick-up and delivery points on campus for Penn Shuttle Services are at designated Transit Stops. Penn Shuttle Services do not service commercial establishments.
—Marie Witt, Business Services
As in past years, the Division of Public Safety, working with the Undergraduate Assembly, has reinstituted the Public Safety Walk-back Program. During reading days & finals—from Monday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 21—an Allied Security Officer will be posted at the “Button” on Locust Walk from midnight until 3:30 a.m. Approximately every half hour the officer will enter Rosengarten Library to determine if any student would like an escort. The Penn Walker will then perform the escort and return to repeat the process. The Division of Public Safety is providing this service in addition to its normal Walking Escort Programs.
Walking Escort Services to Campus Locations
Please remember, if you are walking on campus, a Uniformed Allied Security Officer can accompany you to another campus location, a Penn Transit stop, or to a SEPTA regional stop on campus. Escorts are dispatched by radio and are available seven days-per-week, 24 hours a day. Managed and staffed by the Department of Public Safety.
To request a Walking Escort, call (215) 898-9255 (898-WALK).
—Maureen Rush, Division of Public Safety
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 14, December 6, 2005