The UCD Transit Subsidy Pilot Program is an effort by University City District (UCD) to encourage employees at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP), the University of Pennsylvania, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to commute to work via public transit instead of driving. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: a group that will receive a 50% subsidy on their SEPTA passes for three months; a group that will receive a 25% subsidy on their SEPTA passes for three months; and, a group that will receive personalized information on public transit but no subsidy.

UCD Transit Subsidy Pilot Program

 

FAQ

 

Who is eligible?
Current employees of CHOP, Penn, or HUP are eligible if they (1) currently drive to work and are enrolled in a parking program through their employer, and (2) live either in the City of Philadelphia OR in one of the following zip codes: 19063, 19050, 19081, 19018, 19070, 19064, or 19086.

 

When is the program happening?
The Transit Subsidy Pilot Program will run for a three-month period from March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020. Enrollment will begin in January 2020.

 

Why is UCD running the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program?
UCD and the UCD Transportation Management Association (TMA) are interested in decreasing traffic congestion in University City, and we hope to reduce vehicular traffic and improve air quality by encouraging employees to commute via public transit rather than driving. The Transit Subsidy Pilot Program will provide financial incentives for commuters who currently drive to take public transit instead and will provide UCD with important information about what levels of subsidy best encourage drivers to make the shift.

 

Who is funding this program?
The Transit Subsidy Pilot Program is funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, as well as internal UCD funds. Additionally, CHOP, Penn, and Penn Medicine are providing invaluable support.

 

How do I sign up?
If you meet the eligibility criteria above and are interested in participating, you can enroll in the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program by completing this form to provide your contact information to University City District no later than February 3, 2020. University City District will randomly assign participants to a subsidy group (50% subsidy, 25% subsidy, or no subsidy) and will notify participants by email on February 17, 2020. 

 

What do I do once UCD notifies me about my participation in the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program?
UCD will notify participants about their participation in the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program on February 17, 2020. Participants must confirm participation in the program, suspend parking payroll deductions through their employer, and purchase a SEPTA pass for March 2020 no later than February 29, 2020. For more instructions on these steps, see the For Participants page.

 

My colleague is receiving a 50% subsidy, but I am only getting a 25% subsidy. Why?
Participants are randomly assigned to groups at different subsidy levels by UCD.

 

Can I use any discounts or pre-tax dollars to buy my transit pass?
Unfortunately, for the purposes of the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program, you cannot use discounts or pre-tax dollars.

 

How will UCD provide the transit pass subsidy?
UCD will provide the subsidy as a reimbursement by check sent to your mailing address. Participants receiving subsidies will need to provide receipts to UCD to receive reimbursements. Checks will be mailed once per month of the three-month program. More details are available at the For Participants page.

 

Does this mean I won’t be able to park at all during the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program?
Your normal monthly parking credentials will be suspended for the duration of the three-month program. However, if you wish to use daily parking at a lot managed by your employer (Click here for a map of Penn visitor parking facilities / Click here for info about CHOP visitor parking facilities), UCD will reimburse for up to five (5) days of daily parking per month of the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program (max. $100/month reimbursement). Receipts for daily parking must be provided to receive reimbursement from UCD. More details are available at the For Participants page.

 

What if I want to go back to parking after the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program ends?
While the goal is to encourage commuters to transition to public transit, we understand that every commuter has different needs. If you wish to re-engage your parking credentials with parking payroll deduction after the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program ends, you will be able to do so without being placed on a waitlist, and in the same parking facility you used before.

 

What if I start the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program and decide I don’t wish to continue before the end of the three-month period?
If this is the case, you can contact Tyler Tran at [email protected] and we will remove you from the program and give you instructions on how to re-engage your parking credentials.

 

How will UCD use my private information?
UCD will only use your contact information for the purposes of the Transit Subsidy Pilot Program. UCD will confirm with your employer’s parking services that you are enrolled in parking services, but your information will not be shared with any other parties.