M&Ts are all passionate about a variety of things (as you’ve surely seen from this blog). Mine, however, is one of the more unique ones: transportation. I’ve been a transportation buff for many years and have done some really cool things like interning at Amtrak and creating a transportation site called The Transit Navigator. I’ll save the rest of my train/transit ranting for another post, but instead, I’m here with a (hopefully) useful, simple, and possibly humorous post on transportation in and around the Penn Campus along with a self-labeled map.
From the Airport
You’ve just arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. Welcome!
With Checked Bags: Exit through the secured area and follow your way to the Baggage Claim. Once you’ve gotten your luggage, you’ll notice that Ground Transportation Zones 1–4 are on one side of the Baggage Claims and that Zones 5–8 are on the other side. Exit on the Zone 5–8 side, cross the street, and walk up onto the platform for the Airport Train to Center City Philadelphia.
Only Carry-Ons: If you didn’t check any bags, just walk straight to the skybridge but DON’T GET ON THE MOVING WALKWAY (no matter how fun or tempting it might seem). Halfway down the skybridge, go down the steps to the platform for the Airport Train to Center City Philadelphia.
You’ll be taking the SEPTA Regional Rail from the Airport to the Univeristy City station (the second stop after Terminal A). The fare is $7 CASH ONLY payable to the conductor on the train. Trips depart Terminal E/F every 9 and 39 minutes after the hour. For each terminal afterwards, add a minute to the departure time (so, 13 and 43 from Terminal A).
Exit the Train at University City. The steps by the front of the train will be closest to campus, but there’s an elevator at the other end of the platform (by the back). If you took the elevator, go to the street, turn right, and then turn left on South St. If you took the stairs at the front, turn left at the top (onto South). You’ll pass the Penn Museum, and then the road will curve slightly and become Spruce. Walk straight to 36th/Spruce – The Quad will be on your left and the M&T office is half a block up on your right. Welcome to Penn!
From 30th Street Station
Coming from the SEPTA Regional Rail:
Check if your train continues via the Airport, Wilimgton/Newark, or Media/Elwyn line. If it does, just stay on for an extra stop to get to the University City train station. If it doesn’t, hold on to your ticket and go to SEPTA Track 6 (located on the platform between the ATMs and the Faber Newsstand). Board any train on the Airport, Wilimgton/Newark, or Media/Elwyn line. One stop later, you’ll arrive at University City!
Coming from Amtrak, via the SEPTA Regional Rail
Keep your Amtrak ticket and head up the ramp behind Amtrak Stairway 9. Go to SEPTA Track 6 (located on the platform between the ATMs and the Faber Newsstand). Board any train on the Airport, Wilimgton/Newark, or Media/Elwyn line. One stop later, you’ll arrive at University City!
NOTE: Amtrak tickets are accepted at all Center City stations except University City due to a crazy technicality. Most conductors bypass this rule and will almost always let you ride for free with your Amtrak stub, but be prepared to pay $4 just in case the conductors don’t let you ride.
Coming from Amtrak, via the SEPTA Trolley
Proceed towards the Au Bon Pain located behind Amtrak Stairway 10. Go down that hallway until you reach the corner of the building. Exit and walk around the construction wall until you reach the entrance to the SEPTA Trolley and MFL. Go downstairs and pay either $2 cash or purchase a token two-pack for $3.10 (valid for two rides – you could use one for your return trip). Proceed straight through the turnstiles and go down the far green staircase on the right hand side. Board any trolley except the 10. It will stop at 33rd, followed by 36th/Spruce (for the M&T Office) and then 37/Spruce (for The Quad and Jon M. Huntsman Hall). Remember to pull the cord after leaving the stop before yours!
NOTE: While this method is much faster, runs more frequently, potentially costs less, and will save you walking, you will need to go up four flights of steps to reach the ground level and it is potentially more confusing.
Map of the Penn Campus
Click on the map below for an enlarged view.
Jeff is a current M&T freshman in the Class of 2016. He studies Systems Science within Penn Engineering and plans on concentrating in Management and the new joint concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy and Operations and Information Management in the Wharton School. Check out Jeff’s transit site at http://www.transitnav.com/ and new blog at http://exptrackblog.com/.