Emergency Ride Home

Penn is working with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to inform members of the University Community about The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program. The service provides a "safety net" for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who  carpool, vanpool or use public transportation on a regular basis. 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, registered commuters are provided with a free ride to home, their car or to the place of the emergency.

To qualify for Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Service you must:

  • Must agree to share a ride, take transit, or bicycle to work at least 3 days a week.
  • Must be willing to pay for transportation up front, and then send in the required materials for reimbursement (minus a $5 co-pay that wouldn’t be reimbursed)
  • Must re-register every two years
  • Application must be approved (participant will be notified after approval)

Other Important Details:

  • Participants can use the service up to 2 times a year, up to $50 per use.
  • Participants will receive an instruction form and a reimbursement form once they are accepted.
  • To use the service in an emergency, simply take a cab, “limousine” service, rent a car, or take transit. Obtain a receipt and send in the Reimbursement Form and the receipt to Emergency Ride Home within 30 days.
  • ERH will reimburse up to $50 less the $5 co-pay.

What constitutes an emergency?

For the purposes of ERH, an emergency might include but is not limited to: sudden illness or injury of immediate family member or person for whom you have an appointed guardian; unplanned home problem that is immediately threatening (fire, flood, collapse, etc.); unplanned overtime required by supervisor which would prohibit using your regular ride home.

Special note to transit riders:

The TMA will work with you to find the most time-effective method to get to your vehicle or to the place of the emergency. Please note that in some instances, depending on the location of your work site and transit schedules, it may still be faster to get to your car or to the place of emergency via transit instead of using a loan car. If schedules are not accommodating, a car will be provided.

Sign up for ERH by clicking here or call (215) 592-1800 and ask for Commuter Services. Participants at Penn can direct questions to Nick Rogers of Clean Air Council at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (215) 567-4004 x 110