Ride Share Options

Although it is easy to get around Penn and Philadelphia on foot, by bike or using a variety of public transit options, there are still times when a car might be necessary. In other cases, you might still need a car for your commute - but would like a more sustainable option. For drivers who only need a car for occasional trips or who don't mind commuting with others, Penn promotes a number of ride sharing alternatives including car sharing, van pooling and the Emergency Ride Home Program. Click on the links to the left to find out more about each of these options.

Car Sharing

If you only need a vehicle occasionally, car sharing is a good option. It gives you the benefits of owning a vehicle without the expenses and decreases congestion in and around campus. The University has contracted with two car sharing companies, Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar to provide incentives to members of the Penn Community to use car sharing for both departmental or personal use.


As part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with VPSI, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to expand vanpooling options to Penn faculty and staff.

The vans which operate throughout the region, including New Jersey and Delaware, offer a reliable, affordable and sustainable way to commute to campus. Depending on where you live and the number of riders, the average cost of participating in a Vanpool is between $100 and $150, which can be a pre-tax deduction from your paycheck. Riders generally meet at a convenient spot near their residences such as a church or shopping mall parking lot and are brought directly to campus.

Vanpooling offers benefits to the commuters, the University and the planet. Riders can avoid the high cost of gasoline and the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic. Vanpooling helps ease traffic congestion in and around campus and supports Penn’s Climate Action Plan by lowering the University’s carbon footprint.

Penn currently has three vanpools in operation. For more information or to join a vanpool call VRide at 1-800-VAN-RIDE (826-7433) or visit www.vride.com.

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.This 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.