3 posts categorized "Transportation Services"

08/28/2011

University open and classes resume on Mon, Aug.29

Dear University community:

The University sustained minimal impact from the hurricane and no injuries reported. There were no power outages, no major flooding, and minimal property damage. The University has resumed normal operations, and will be open and classes will be held on August 29th.

All area mass transportation systems are resuming normal operations and expect to be fully functional tomorrow.

If any faculty or staff experience local conditions that prevent them from coming to work, please notify your immediate supervisor if you are a staff member. If you are a faculty member, please notify students via Blackboard and/or Angel and contact your department chair, if you anticipate cancelling a class.

Students who have not yet checked in should report to the front desk in Wilson Hall, on Monday, August 29th beginning at 8:00am.

08/26/2011

UPDATE: Hurricane Irene and Upperclass Move-in

The University are busily planning for your arrival, especially due to the impending hurricane on your move-in day, Sunday, Aug. 28.

Because of the forecasted inclement weather, we wish to accommodate any resident who wishes to move-in before the storm begins.  As such, we are offering you the opportunity to arrive on either:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27 between Noon and 5 p.m., or
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 between Noon and 5 p.m.

By moving in on Saturday, we hope to minimize any danger (and sogginess) you might experience from moving-in on Sunday’s originally scheduled move-in time.  However, we recognize that you may already have plans that require you arrive on Sunday; we’ve ensured that you can still check-in during your originally scheduled time.

On both days, all check-ins and key pick-ups will occur at the Wilson Front Desk.

Should you move-in on Saturday, please remember:

  • The Code of Conduct, which governs all students’ behaviors, will be in effect.  You will be expected to make informed decisions and accept the consequences of poor choices.
  • Meal plans will begin on Saturday for lunch (Noon-1:45 p.m.).  If you are not on a meal plan, but wish to eat in the Wilson Dining Hall, discounted rates will be available for lunch ($7) and dinner ($10).  Wilson Express will not be open during the weekend.
  • Starbucks will be open both Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • You must respect that Welcome Weekend events are designed for only first-year students to attend.  Please also remember that University offices open during the weekend will only be staffed to accommodate the needs of our first-year students.
  • The ARC will be open on both Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 from Noon to 8 p.m. for all students.
  • You will not be permitted to host guests until Monday (per Welcome Weekend policy).

We hope that these accommodations will benefit many of you and ensure safer travels.

11/03/2009

11/3/2009: SEPTA Strike Contingency Plan

SEPTA announced that a service Interruption is in effect as of Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @ 3:00 a.m.

Transport Workers Union, Local 234 has announced a work stoppage as of 3:00 a.m. this morning.

"SEPTA is prepared with an alternate service plan for it's customers, but asks for patience and understanding as some of our services become unavailable and others that are running may experience heavier than usual customer use."

The following important service information contains useful travel tips to assist riders as many Bus, Subway, and Trolley routes are discontinued.

Additional information and SEPTA’s Service Interruption Guide is available at http://www.septa.com/sip/

OBJECTIVES

·     To maintain normal business and academic operations

·     Provide reasonable accommodations and transportation services

·     Discretion in making reasonable allowances for lateness attributable to transportation conditions

 

OUR PLAN

Due to the possibility of a SEPTA strike, all students, faculty, and staff are urged to make alternate transportation plans in advance of the strike.

 

Students, faculty, and staff should allow sufficient travel time and anticipate delays due to increased vehicular traffic and the increase in ridership on available services such as the Regional Rail Lines, LUCY, and Suburban Transit. The Emergency Response Team recommends that individuals use alternate means of transportation such as, walking, biking, and car pools in the event that there is an interruption of commuter transit services.

 

The Emergency Response Team anticipates that there is a need for increased parking on and off campus, and encourages individuals to car pool due to the limited amount of parking available on and off campus. In the event of a strike, the University will continue to enforce parking regulations so individuals with parking permits can park in their assigned parking lots.

 

There are a limited number of temporary parking permits available for carpoolers on a first come basis at a cost of $5.00 a day. The passes will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2009; individuals can contact Terry Reilly for additional information. You will need to provide the year, make, model, and plate number of the vehicle.

 

Individuals parking vehicles near the campus are encouraged not to leave any items in the vehicle, especially GPS navigation systems, computers, book bags, cell phones, iPods, and money.

 

According to SEPTA’s website, the only services in our area that will be available are the Regional Rail Service, Suburban Transit, CCT Connect, and LUCY. The LUCY provides service to the University City area, but does include stops on our campus. Individuals can take the LUCY from 30th Street Station to a stop within a reasonable walking distance to the campus.

 

Additional Information regarding routes, schedules and cost of the LUCY is available at http://www.ucityphila.org/getting_around/lucy.

 

University PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

The Department of Public Safety will be providing a continuous shuttle service from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from the Mall Parking Lot to SW corner of 30th and Market Streets and from the Mall Parking Lot to the SE corner of 69th and Market Street.

 

The service is free to all students, faculty, and staff who present a valid University of the Sciences ID Card.

Public Safety greeters in their familiar brightly colored jackets will be stationed at the SW corner of 30th and Market Streets and SE corner of 69th and Market Streets to provide information and assistance to individuals utilizing the shuttle service.

 

In addition to the above service, the Penn Transit Service contracted by the University will be available, but you can expect delays in service due to an increase in ridership.  

 

UNIVERSITY PROVIDED SERVICE ROUTES

The continuous shuttle service will operate on the following routes making stops at each destination point and current city transportation stops. Since many of the stops will be within walking distance of the University, the Emergency Response Team encourages individuals to walk since we anticipate that there will be a greater demand to transport individuals between the main destination points.

 

30th & MARKET STREET ROUTE

·     Departs Mall Parking Lot

·     Goes North on 43rd Street to Market Street

·     Turns Right on Market Street to the SW Corner of 30th Street

·     Stops at the SW corner of 30th and Market Street

·     Turns Right on 30th Street to Walnut Street

·     Turns Right on Walnut Street to 42nd Street

·     Turns Left on 42nd Street to Woodland Avenue

·     Turns Right on Woodland Avenue to 43rd Street

·     Turns Right on 43rd to the Mall Parking Lot

 

69th & MARKET STREET ROUTE

·     Departs Mall Parking Lot

·     Goes North on 43rd Street to Walnut Street

·     Turns Left on Walnut Street to 63rd Street

·     Turns Left on 63rd Street to Marshall

·     Turns Right on Marshall to Church Lane (69th Street)

·     Turns Right on Church Lane to the SE Corner of Market Street

·     Stops at the SE Corner of Market Street

·     Turns Right on to Market Street to 63rd Street

·     Turns Right on 63rd to Chestnut Street

·     Turns Left on Chestnut Street to 42nd Street

·     Turns Right on 42nd Street to Woodland Avenue

·     Turns Right on Woodland Avenue to 43rd Street

·     Turns Right on 43rd to the Mall Parking Lot

 

 TIPS FOR A SUCESSSFUL COMMUTE

  • Plan Ahead
  • Make Alternate Transportation Plans
  • Allow Sufficient Travel Time and Expect Delays
  • Travel Light – Carry On Items Must Fit On Your Lap
  • Car Pool
  • When Parking Remove All Valuables From The Vehicle
  • Check The Website For Updates

Email questions and comments directly to Transit@usp.edu or call 215-895-1117 and ask to speak to a supervisor.