Transportation and Parking Coronavirus Information

For updates and resources on the University's response to COVID-19, please consult coronavirus.upenn.edu. Information specific to Penn Transportation and Parking is provided below.

The Transportation and Parking Office is open Monday - Friday from 9AM to 4PM. Staff may also be contacted at parking@upenn.edu.

Transit

Update October 22. Penn Transit’s Grocery Shuttle Service Pilot Program’s last evening of service will be Saturday, October 24. This announcement coincides with the anticipated opening of the ACME Markets location at 40th and Walnut Streets on Friday, October 23. 

Beginning Monday, November 2, Penn Transit’s PennBus West will resume its normal route, and service at the Schattner Building Transit Stop will be reinstated. Riders can use PennRides en Route on the PennRides on Request free mobile app to monitor the buses and their ETAs.

Reminder - Service response times may be longer than anticipated due to limited vehicle capacity and maintaining physical distancing on transit vehicles.

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In addition to the display of a valid institutional identification card, all Penn Transit riders are required to display a valid “green” PennOpen Pass in a manner consistent with the current protocols for building-entry on Penn’s campus and as a means of reducing the risks of COVID-19.

Individuals who are not part of the University’s PennOpen Pass Program must either display their respective Institution’s valid Daily COVID Screening Pass or participate in a driver-conducted screening and offer their verbal attestations. Individuals who cannot display a "green pass" or respond “Yes” to any of the attestation criteria will not be allowed to ride in the vehicle. 

For information, medical questions, or technical support while using PennOpen Pass, please contact the PennOpen Pass Call Center at (215) 573-6355 or visit https://www.pennmedicine.org/pennopen.

Division of Public Safety's Walking Escort Program

 COVID-19 RIDERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

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Parking

Penn Parking has introduced three new options for those commuters who may only need to park on an an occasional basis:

  • discounted transient/visitor all-day rate of $15, payable on-site,
  • evening rate after 3:30PM and an all-day weekend rate of $12, payable on-site, and,
  • 5-hour/day parking ticket for $11, payable onsite via the parking garage attendant with a Penn, UPHS, or Penn Affiliate ID. This option also may be purchased in advance at the Transportation and Parking Office.

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Penn is experiencing a higher percentage of commuters choosing to drive -- and park -- their own vehicles. If a garage or lot is closed, signage will direct patrons to other nearby open facilities. To view a map of Penn lots and garages, visit www.upenn.edu/parking. Please note that the Penn Museum garage tends to fill by 8:30 a.m. Chestnut 34 fills around 9:00 a.m., and Penn Park reaches capacity by 7:30 a.m. The best locations for parking availability are Walnut 38 and Walnut 40 Garages.

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Weekend access (Saturday and Sunday) to Chestnut 34 Garage will be limited to permit holders with AVI transponders and the Chestnut Street entrance will be open. This limitation will be effect until further notice. Permit holders without an AVI transponder may park at Walnut 38 Garage.  Those patrons should pull a ticket at the entry gate when arriving, and when exiting the garage, show their Penn ID to an attendant to avoid a charge.

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Commuters

Now in effect, LUCY's (Loop Around University City) Green and Gold routes will operate every 30 minutes. Combined routes offer service every 15 minutes. More information is available at http://septa.org/covid-19/service-information.html.

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As with many COVID-19 related modifications, these operational practices are subject to change. Should that become necessary, additional information will be provided.