Safety

Your safety and security is important to Penn Transit. Here are some tips for making sure you arrive safely at your destination.

If you'd like to take a Penn Shuttle

  • When you are ready to go, call 215-898-RIDE (7433). Give your location, destination, and last name to the dispatcher.

  • If it is late at night or you are worried about your safety, wait inside your building Check regularly for your Penn Shuttle van.

  • An "X," "W," or "E" will be lit up on top of your van. Your Shuttle will arrive 5-20 minutes after your call. It will wait for three minutes outside of your location, and will use the horn if requested.

  • Have your PennCard available to show to the driver.

  • Confirm your destination with the driver upon boarding the vehicle

If you'd like to take Penn Bus

  • Go to the nearest Transit Stop or Pickup Point and wait inside if possible, if you are on campus. If you are off campus wait at the nearest intersection.

  • Check the map and schedules for the correct vehicle. Or check PennRIDES for up to the minute information so you can avoid waiting at a Transit stop, pickup point or intersection.

  • Check regularly for your Penn Transit vehicle. We operate many different buses and shuttles, so make sure you board the right one.

  • Have your PennCard available to show the driver.

  • Tell the driver your destination upon boarding the vehicle.

If you do not want to walk by yourself from a transit stop or pickup point on campus to another location on campus such as your residence or the library, you should use Penn's 24/7 Walking Escort Service which provides uniformed security officers from the Division of Public Safety who will be happy to walk with you. To request a walking escort:

  • Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building;

  • Call 215-898-WALK (9255) or 511 (from any campus phone); or

  • Use one of the many building and blue-light phones located on and off Penn's Campus.