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Mass Transit

Riding SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)

Whether you're headed to Philly to view an art exhibit at a museum, grab a meal in Chinatown, or catch a 76ers game, SEPTA is the transportation of choice for many students. SEPTA offers not only regional rail service, but buses, trolleys, subways, and trains across the greater Philadelphia area. 

Located at the foot of campus, the Swarthmore regional rail stop, on the SEPTA Media/Wawa Line, provides students, faculty, and staff members with a direct link to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. For those interested in taking a class at the University of Pennsylvania, it has a stop right at University City. Stops at 30th Street Station and along Market Street also deliver students to the most popular shopping and restaurant districts in the city. 

SEPTA Key Advantage UPass Pilot Program for Students

Students, did you know that you can now access the city of Philadelphia and surrounding counties for free during the academic year? 

The College has partnered with SEPTA on the Key Advantage UPass Program, a pilot program offering eligible students a free Key Card to use during the academic year (September through December and February through May) on any SEPTA service. Your Key Card can be used anywhere on SEPTA’s network of subways, buses, trolleys, and regional rail lines during the fall and spring semesters — September through December and February through May. During those months, your pass will be valid at all times and on all services provided by SEPTA, with a 240-ride limit per month (8 rides per day). During off months — January, June, July, and August — your Key Card will still be active, but you will need to load your own funds if you wish to use it.

Lang Center Resources

The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility supports the efforts of students to be engaged in volunteer activity which has as one of its primary goals serving the public good in nearby areas by helping to make mass transit possible if needed and within its budgetary limits. 

Buses & Trains