Resources & Services
Saint Joseph’s University has partnered with Easton Coach Company and Suburban Transit Network, Inc. (Transnet) to provide our shuttle transportation service. The shuttle buses are the same. You’ll recognize many of the same drivers and the routes have not changed. St. Joe's joins these long-established transportation companies with the goal of providing superior and efficient shuttle service on the East and West campus loops.
Please note a few changes to the shuttle service:
- Shuttle bus service new phone number: 610-660-A-BUS (2287)
- Mobile tracking app: We will now use Ride Systems to track our shuttle system (the TransLoc app is discontinued).
The Ride Systems app provides live location of shuttle buses, arrival predictions and other important shuttle route information. The app is available for both iOS and Android platforms. The app can be downloaded either through the appropriate app store or by scanning the QR code below. Once downloaded, search for the “St. Josephs” agency. Shuttle schedules and general information may also be found below.
The West Shuttle runs continuous loops between Main Campus and Merion Gardens during the following hours:
- Shuttle 1: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Shuttle 2: 8:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Shuttle 1: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Shuttle 2: 8:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
- 10:20 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
- 10:20 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Mandeville Hall
- Cardinal Avenue Entrance Gate
- Merion Gardens
- Overbrook and City (Septa Stop)
- Cardinal Avenue (Septa Stop)
The East Shuttle runs continuous loops between Main Campus and the Presidential City Apartments (3900 City Avenue) during the following hours:
*Please note that there is a stoppage in service from 10:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m., Monday-Friday and from 1:20 p.m.-3:20 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Monday-Thursday – 7:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.-10:20 p.m.
- Friday – 7:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.-1:20 a.m.
- Saturday – 10:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.-1:20 a.m.
- Sunday 10:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.-10:20 p.m.
- Mandeville Hall
- 50th and City Avenue
- 47th & City Avenue (City Ave North of 47th Street)
- Target Shopping Center (City Ave North of Monument)
- Presidential/Lincoln Green (Stop is at Lincoln Green)
- Bala Shopping Center (City Ave South of 47th Street)
- Bala Ave & City Avenue
Students traveling from West Campus to locations east of campus and students traveling from East Campus to locations west of campus should transfer at Mandeville Hall. Factors such as traffic, weather, and new safety protocols may adversely impact the time in route. Students should allow sufficient time to get to class and be mindful of seating capacity limitations on the shuttle.
Security Escort Service
*Please note that if you are disabled, injured or on crutches, please contact Chris Mecke, director of student disability services, by email or by phone at 610-660-1774 to be added to the Special Transportation List.
The escort service is intended to supplement our shuttle transportation service. Walking escorts will be provided on the main campus. This includes to and from shuttle stops. The purpose of the vehicle escort service is to safely transport students to and from the main campus to residences within the escort service area (see map below). The escort service is not intended to serve as a taxi service. Vehicle escorts will be provided (within the service area) to student residences not serviced by the shuttle and student residences on the shuttle schedule during the period when the shuttle does not operate. We do not provide transportation to locations outside the service area, such as Center City Philadelphia, Roxborough, Manayunk, Lower Merion, Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Train Station. The escort service will not transport students from one off-campus location to another off-campus location. Escorts will be provided to and from the Overbrook Train Station when the trains are in service and the shuttle bus is not in service. The escort service is for safety and not convenience.
Please note that with the additional safety measures being put in place, students should expect delays and may experience longer wait times than normal for escort services. Please allow ample time when traveling on the shuttle and seek alternate transportation options when possible.
Please contact the Office of Public Safety and Security at 610-660-1111 with any questions.
Operating and parking vehicles on University property is a privilege granted by the University. University parking is available to all employees, faculty and eligible students. This privilege may be withdrawn at any time for failure to comply with applicable rules and regulations. Failure to comply may also result in your vehicle being towed from campus at your expense.
Certified Driver Training
Any employee, faculty member or student who drives a University-owned vehicle must go through a formal driver certification process. This process is initiated by signing up for a Defensive Driver/Van Driver Training course via the Nest. Applicants must then complete the Authorized Driver Application and Agreement Form (ADAFA) on the Transportation Policy and submit it to the Office of Public Safety and Security, along with a copy of their driver’s license. After a driver’s license check and the successful completion of the Defensive Driver/Van Driver Training, applicants will be certified to drive.
Defensive Driver/Van Driver Training sessions are offered each semester. The training sessions last about 80 minutes and are typically scheduled during “free period." Announcements regarding the training sessions are made via Hawk Hill This Week.
The Saint Joseph’s University Transportation Policy provides specific information regarding the operation of University-owned vehicles. All applicants must review the Transportation Policy prior to completing the Authorized Driver Application Form and Agreement.
The Office of Public Safety and Security manages a fleet of 24 vehicles available for use to the St. Joe's community. This fleet is available to the University community for a nominal fee. To make a reservation, you must be a campus department or approved student organization. Billing is done by automatic withdraw through the Office of Financial Affairs at the end of each semester. Vehicles cannot be reserved without providing a budget number.
- Cars that seat 5 passengers
- Mini Vans that seat 7 passengers
- Passenger Vans that seat 12 passengers
There is a mileage charge for using the vehicles. The costs per mile are:
Vehicle Type Maintenance Fee (per mile) Gas fee (per mile) Total charge per mile Car $.16 $.16 $.32 Mini Van $.18 $.20 $.38 Passenger Van $.20 $.35 $.55
You can reserve a vehicle by filling out the form below. You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours or 2 business days. All drivers MUST be University Van-Certified through the Office of Public Safety and Security and follow the University Transportation Policy.
Failure to report vehicle damage could result in loss of driving privileges.
Find out where the nearest Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are on campus.
SJU Safe App
In fall 2019, the Office of Public Safety and Security came out with a custom safety app called SJU Safe. This app is a safety resource to current students, faculty and staff at Saint Joseph's. It's available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Watch this video to learn more about how to use emergency phones on campus.
University City Campus Transportation Resources & Services
We have contracted with the University of Pennsylvania to provide bus and shuttle services to and from various locations on and off campus.
Penn Shuttles provide door-to-door service, while the Penn Bus will pick you up at any stop sign or traffic signal along its route.
From 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., a limited on-call service is available. Please call 215-898-RIDE—the wait times may be longer.
For additional information, including schedules and route information, visit the Penn Transit Services website.
- Call 215-898-RIDE when you're ready to go.
- Provide your location, destination, and last name to the dispatcher.
- Check regularly for your Penn Shuttle: a van with an X, N, or E lit up on top.
- Your shuttle will arrive 5–20 minutes after your call. It will wait for 3 minutes outside of your location and will use the horn if requested.
- Have your ID card available to show to the driver.
- Confirm your destination with the driver upon boarding the vehicle.
- A courteous and competent driver
- A secure and timely ride
- A clean, well-functioning, and safe vehicle
- To be safe and secure within the vehicle
- To have current route and schedule information available
- To be picked up and dropped off at designated locations within service boundaries
- A simple, timely, and responsive process for filing an idea or suggestion via firstname.lastname@example.org
- For safety reasons all riders must show their valid Saint Joseph's University ID card to the driver upon entering the vehicle. Drivers may refuse entry to any person not showing a valid SJU ID card.
- Each driver has the right to deny service to any disruptive person. Penn Police or SJU Public Safety & Security will provide assistance when required.
- If your SJU ID card is lost, stolen, or forgotten, call 215-898-RIDE to request and obtain permission to use the service before boarding a vehicle.
- Baggage—including shopping bags—brought onto any bus or shuttle must fit on your lap.
- Valid SJU ID card holders may bring up to 2 guests, provided they ride with the card holder.
- The Saint Joseph's University Department of Public Safety is available to provide walking escorts to all students, faculty, and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, upon request.
- Walking escorts are provided for the purpose of safety and security to all locations within the Department of Public Safety patrol area (41st to 46th Street, Baltimore to Woodland, including 4619 Chester).
- The primary goal of the walking escort service is to allow safe travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security. Public Safety works in conjunction with University City District to provide walking escort service beyond our patrol boundaries.
- Call 215-895-1117 to arrange for a Walking Escort or request additional information. In the event of an emergency, call 215-596-7000.
For information regarding the SEPTA transportation system, which provides transportation services throughout the Philadelphia area, contact the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority at 215-580-7800 or visit www.septa.org.
The Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to be aware of their environment, stay alert, report suspicious activities, take precautions, and report all crimes/incidents. By being proactive, you can play an important role in not only protecting yourself, but also helping others to be safe. With your help, the Department of Public Safety can provide a safe educational environment in which the University community can excel.
The programs outlined below if practiced could possibly reduce the odds of you falling victim to a crime. Take a moment to review the programs so you will be better prepared to help us help you.
For additional information contact the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117, or send an email with your request to DPS@usciences.edu.
The S.A.F.E program provides participants with valuable information on how to become more aware of their surroundings, educates women on how to protect themselves from crime, and introduces pre-basic physical training familiarization methods, which are non-strenuous.
The Department of Public Safety has a series of awareness tip cards and flyers specifically designed to address the security and public safety concerns of the University community. The awareness tip cards and flyers are available in the Public Safety Office located at 4500 Woodland Avenue.
The Department of Public Safety has developed a series of crime prevention presentations and orientation programs designed to educate the University community on various public safety topics. To schedule a presentation or request additional information call 215-895-1117 or email DPS@usciences.edu.