In Philadelphia, motor vehicles account for up to 60 percent of the total air pollution. The Greater Philadelphia region’s robust public transit infrastructure system helps to reduce carbon monoxide and smog forming emissions as well as relieve traffic congestion. Public transit users get over three times the amount of physical activity per day as those who drive (approximately 19 minutes, rather than six minutes) by walking to stops and final destinations.
Commuter Benefit Programs
RideECO is Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s commuter voucher program that allows commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars towards fares on many modes of public transportation, as well as the vanpool service vRide. Employers save money by driving down payroll taxes with every dollar a commuter deducts. The program pays for itself and everyone gains from it. To learn more, visit www.rideeco.org or call 215.592.1800 to talk to an Employer Outreach Specialist.
Emergency Ride Home
The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) service, a “safety net” for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who share their ride to work (carpool, vanpool, transit) on a regular basis, is available to you at no cost. In the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency or illness, unscheduled overtime, or if the regular ride home is not available for certain reasons, registered commuters are provided with a free ride to their home, their car, or the place of the emergency. Sign up now.
Public Transit Options
SEPTA is a regional public transportation authority that serves the Greater Philadelphia area with Regional Rail, Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines, trolleys, Norristown High Speed Line, Buses, and the CCT Connect. Find a schedule or view the clickable Regional Rail and Rail Transit map.
PATCO , also known as the PATCO High Speed Line or Lindenwold High Speed Line, is regional transit system operated by the Delaware River Port Authority that connects South Jersey and Center City Philadelphia. View the station map.
NJ Transit is New Jersey’s statewide public transportation system consisting of bus, rail and light rail transit, linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia
Amtrak is a passenger railroad service operated by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation used for longer distance trips.
Plan Your Route:
Use GoPhillyGo , a new online mapping tool for the Greater Philadelphia Region, to plan your trip by public transit. Developed with state-of-the-art mapping technology, GoPhillyGo makes it easy for users to plan their routes, even multimodal trips — combining biking + walking + public transportation within one trip — to go anywhere within the greater Philadelphia area without the use of a car. It even provides details on pedestrian and bike routes, letting users customize their trips for flattest, fastest, and safest.
Some trips may require combining public transit with cycling. Check out GoPhillyGo’s tips and tricks on multimodal transportation and watch SEPTA’s video on how to use the bike racks on the SEPTA buses.
If you would like more information on public transit, please contact Clean Air Council by calling 215-567-4004 x 110 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.