About Sustainable Transportation

Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative was launched in 2010 in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan’s goal of lowering the University’s carbon footprint. The focus of the Initiative is developing and expanding sustainable commuting options for members of the Penn community. Today over 50% use alternative transit.

The University offers a wide array of sustainable commuter options to support the Initiative's goals. They are designed to accommodate a variety of circumstances and include discounted, pre-tax purchases of passes that can be used for the robust network of transit systems that serve Penn’s campus. Currently, up to $270 of monthly commuter fare costs may be paid for through pre-tax payroll deductions, and utilizing these commuting methods contributes to the goals of Penn’s Climate Action Plan.   

Penn’s Occasional Parking Program - For those instances when Penn faculty and staff need to drive and park on campus, sustainable transit program participants who receive monthly payroll deductions can receive 10 daily parking permits per year at a significant discount. Passes may be used at Penn Park lot or the Walnut 40 garage on an ‘as available’ basis.

Local and Regional Public Transit - Commuters can travel to and from campus by bus, trolley, subway, or railway via local and regional transit authorities such as SEPTA, PATCO, NJ Transit, DART, and Amtrak. Discounts of up to 10% are available, depending on the commuter fare, along with options for monthly payroll deduction.

WageWorks Commuter Cards - Commuter Cards are accepted at transit agencies, fare vending machines, and designated transit retail centers that sell transit passes, tickets, fare cards, and accept the VISA Card for payment. The monthly amount placed on commuter credit cards is discounted by 5%.   

Vanpools - Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with Enterprise Rideshare, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to offer vanpooling options that are available throughout the region, including New Jersey and Delaware.  Program participants benefit from reduced commuting costs and central campus parking in the Law Lot, on the corner of 34th and Chestnut Streets.  

Carpools - Parking permit patrons can take advantage of parking discounts by teaming up with fellow Penn or UPHS employees to form a carpool. Discounts are based on the number of participants in the carpool.

Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program – Offers reimbursement of bicycle commuting expenses to eligible faculty and staff for qualified out-of-pocket expenses up to $240 annually.