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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Penn encourages the use of public transportation. To assist commuters who do not have parking permits, Penn Transit has negotiated an agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide TransPasses and TrailPasses at a 10% discount through payroll deduction. Full time Penn faculty and staff are eligible for this program.


The Department of Transportation and Parking manages and operates a number of parking facilities on Penn's campus, including garages and lots. While many of the facilities are permit-only and reserved for university faculty, staff and students, there is also ample visitor parking available. Operating hours and parking fees are posted at each facility.

  • Website
  • Parking Map
  • Parking Permits
    • Various types of parking permits are available for University parking facilities.
    • Parking permits are issued on an annual and multi-year basis, and are valid from September 1 to the following August 31.
    • Parking permits are not transferable.
  • Occasional Parking
  • Note: Parking is available to Faculty and Staff annually (September-August) per request, and to Students per two semester (September-May) on a first come, first served basis. The demand for parking on campus during regular (weekday) business hours has always been far greater than the supply of available spaces which is why parking has been strictly regulated and enforced.


LUCY is a bus route that loops around University City.

  • Website
  • Stops include:
    • 30th St station, Universtiy City Science Station, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, VA Medical Center
  • Cost: Free for University employees. Show your PennCard (work ID).
  • Routes
  • Runs: Monday - Friday (6:10am - 7:00pm). Leaves 30th Street Station every 12 to 35 minutes.
  • Accessability: Wheelchair lift and two wheelchair tie-downs per bus

Penn Transit

  • Website
  • PennRIDES - sends current information directly to your PDA, cell phone or computer. PennRIDES lets riders know:
    • Real-time information about the locations and expected arrival times of Penn Transit buses and shuttles
    • Vehicle capacity
    • Traffic alerts, such as emergency route or schedule changes
  • Transit Services
  • Penn Shuttle: Evening shuttle service from campus to specific locations. Call 215-898-RIDE (215-898-7433)


  • Ride Share Options
  • Walking and Biking
  • Penn-Drexel Bus Share
  • TransitChek - Permanent full- and part-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania who are not participating in the parking permit program are eligible to purchase TransitCheks (pre-tax). Up to $100 worth of TransitCheks may be purchased through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. The following regional transit providers participate in the TransitChek program: SEPTA, Dart, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and PATCO.
  • Commuter Check Card Prepaid MasterCard® - accepted at Transit Agencies, fare vending machines and designated transit retail centers that sell transit passes, tickets, fare cards, and SEPTA tokens and accept Debit MasterCard® for payment. The Commuter Check Card offers the security of electronic funding—no longer relying on USPS mail. Penn offers a 5% subsidy through payroll deduction (pre-tax up to $245 per month) to full-time faculty and staff for the Prepaid MasterCard.

Safety Information

Safety on campus is an important concern. The University has several methods of helping you to enjoy a safe working environment:

  • Emergencies
    • Emergency Numbers - 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)
    • Emergency Blue Light Phones - If you observe a potential safety hazard, require assistance, notice suspicious activity, feel unsafe or need a walking escort, you can reach Public Safety directly through any of over 500 Blue Light emergency phones on campus. Just pick up the receiver or press the button.
    • UPennAlert Emergency Notification System - Register for this so that you can quickly receive critical emergency information.
  • Walking/Riding Escort Services (Working late? Attending an evening event?)
    • Walking Escort : 215-898-WALK (215-898-9255) -Escorts will walk you to your car, public transportation, or other locations in the vicinity of campus, 24/7.
    • Penn Transit 8-RIDE Service: Call 215-898-RIDE (215-898-7433) These vehicles will take you in a specific route around campus.
  • Public Safety Websites

Human Resources


All employees of the Perelman SOM are required to take certain training in order for the institution to satisfy compliance requirements. New employees should log into Knowledge Link as soon as they receive their PennKey and password, then take the training listed under “RequiredTraining.” There is additional training that can be important for your success on the job. Information about this training can be found at:

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