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New Commuting Options Available to Penn Employees

October 10, 2011

Penn Transportation and Parking has developed several new commuting options employees may want to consider to make their daily travel more economical and less stressful. Penn has joined with ADP Commuter Services, which currently manages Penn’s health benefits, and developed an on-line commuter benefits program employees will use for SEPTA TransPasses and TrailPasses, PATCO Freedom Cards, TransitCheks or N.J. Transit commuter passes.

For employees using these public transportation options, benefits will be sent directly to their home. The University is also expanding the discount it provides for commuters who use public transit. Penn currently provides employees who commute via SEPTA a 5 percent discount on their monthly passes (which is matched by SEPTA for a total discount of 10 percent). Penn now extends its 5 percent discount to riders of N.J. Transit, PATCO and to purchase TransitCheks.

Discounts are available to full-time faculty and staff not participating in the parking permit program and payments are made pre-tax up to $230 per month.

The new program allows for direct purchase from N.J. Transit and PATCO as well as 10-trip tickets for SEPTA so participants no longer need to purchase TransitCheks to acquire these passes. Only Amtrak riders, SEPTA token and weekly pass users need to order TransitCheks.

Interested employees can enroll at www.upenn.edu/parking.

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