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Take transit, bike, walk or ride to your vaccine appointment!

April 28, 2021

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Posted with permission from Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Everyone 16+ who lives or works in Philadelphia is now able get a vaccine! Want to schedule an appointment or find a walk-up vaccination clinic in Philadelphia? All this information can be found on the City's website. Let’s #VaxUpPHL! 

Need help getting to your vaccination appointment or a walk-up clinic opportunity? 

The City of Philadelphia is committed to making vaccine clinics accessible to all Philadelphians. All City-run and FEMA-supported clinics are accessible by SEPTA public transit, and there are lots of ways to get to your vaccine appointment. 

The City has partnered with SEPTA and Indego to provide accessible transportation resources. Whether you want to take transit or bike, or need a door-to-door ride, City resources are available to help you get vaccinated. 

There are transportation desks at all City-run and FEMA-supported sites where customers can access information and the transportation resources listed. Most of the resources below are provided free of charge. 

The following information provides a comprehensive guide of the city’s transportation resources, including:

  • FREE SEPTA transit passes

  • FREE Expanded SEPTA CCT for door-to-door rides

  • DISCOUNTED Indego bikeshare rides 

  • FREE community shuttles for groups

  • FREE Lyft rides for those eligible, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

SEPTA Transit Passes 

FREE SEPTA transit passes are available to help anyone get to and from their vaccine appointment. The City is distributing transit passes at all City-run and FEMA-support sites. Several organizations are also partnered with the City to distribute SEPTA passes in neighborhoods, including the Africa Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), Unidos Contra COVID, and State Senator Christine Tartaglione’s office. If your organization is interested in distributing SEPTA passes, please email [email protected]

Did you know adults age 65 and older can ride free at all times on SEPTA buses, trackless trolleys, trolleys, Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines, and Regional Rail? Learn more about what you need to ride free as a senior on SEPTA. Individuals under age 65 with a qualifying disability can ride at half-fare at all times on SEPTA buses, trackless trolleys, trolleys, Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines, and Regional Rail.  Registration information below. Eligibility criteria and application information can be found here. 

Not sure which transit route is best for you? This web-based map shows all transit routes to the vaccine sites and this static map shows frequent routes to the sites. The closest subway and bus lines for all city-run and FEMA-support clinic are detailed below. 

SEPTA’s COVID-19 website has more detailed information about how to take transit to vaccine appointments, as well as information about how SEPTA continues to promote safe and healthy travel during the pandemic.

Expanded SEPTA CCT 

SEPTA has expanded Customized Community Transportation (CCT) for all City-run and FEMA-supported vaccine clinics. This service is FREE and available to anyone who is 65 years of age or older, has a disability or access and functional need, or anyone who identifies a ride accommodation need. SEPTA CCT provides door-to-door service from individuals’ homes, to the vaccination site, and back home after their vaccination. SEPTA CCT will also schedule ride accommodations for second-dose appointments, and caretakers can travel with individuals. 

Expanded SEPTA CCT service is available for the following sites: 

Request a SEPTA CCT ride for a vaccination appointment by dialing 3-1-1 and selecting Option 5 between 8a.m. and 8p.m. Monday through Friday. Requests should be made at least 72 hours before the date of the appointment. 

3-1-1 uses Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. To be connected with TRS, dial 7-1-1 and an assistant will place the call on behalf of the text telephone device (TTY or TDD). 7-1-1 can be used to access all telecommunication relay services in Pennsylvania.

Community & Express Shuttles 

SEPTA is running a FREE express shuttle between Allegheny Station on the Broad Street Line (an ADA accessible station) and the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center. The shuttle will run on a continuous loop during the clinic hours of operation. 

Community-based shuttle services are available for communities that have transportation access needs. Shuttle services must be coordinated through a central community organization and requested at least three days in advance. If you are interested in scheduling a community shuttle bus to travel to a vaccination site, email [email protected]

Bike to your vaccine clinic

Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego is a great way to stay socially distant while commuting to your vaccine site. Indego has over 140 stations across the city, many of which are near a vaccination center and can be found at www.rideindego.com/stations 

 

Limited time offer! In recognition of bike month and in response to COVID-19, Indego is offering 30-day passes at a discounted price of $5 for your first month. If you have a valid PA ACCESS card you can sign up for the Indego30 Access pass for only $2.50. All monthly pass options provide riders with an unlimited number of 60-minute rides for 30 days. Get your $5 pass today through May 31st by going to rideindego.com/passes.  

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has created a vaccine map for anyone who wants to get vaccinated and enjoy the best time of the year to take a bike ride! This map is a non-exhaustive list of vaccination sites in and around Philadelphia that are reasonably accessible by bike, along with nearby bicycle infrastructure and bike lanes.

Limited Lyft Rides through Ride United Partnership

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in partnership with Lyft  through a program called Ride United is providing FREE Lyft rides to vaccination sites to anyone 65 years or older, or those who have an access or functional need. This resource will supplement the expanded SEPTA CCT service to vaccination sites. 

To sign up, call the City’s transportation hotline, run through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, at 215-586-3006 to request a ride between 8a.m. and 6p.m., Monday through Friday. A representative will help to identify the best transportation resource to meet your need. 

Need help? 

The city’s transportation hotline, run through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, can be reached by calling 215-586-3006 to request a Lyft ride, sign up for SEPTA CCT, or inquire about other transportation resources. 

Taking transit to specific clinics 

All City-run and FEMA-supported clinics are accessible by SEPTA public transit, and there are lots of transit routes to get there. The table below provides an overview of the best public transit resources. SEPTA has also created a web-based map that all transit routes to the vaccine sites and a static map shows frequent routes to the sites. 

SEPTA’s Plan Your Trip tool is also available to help navigate the fastest public transit options to different clinics from wherever you are. 

Here are the transit routes by clinic (turn device horizontal if viewing on mobile): 

Clinic name

Clinic address

Closest bus routes

Closest subway or trolley stops

Center City Vaccination Center (CCVC) 

100 N. 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

High frequency routes: 17, 33, 48

Other routes: 23, 38, 44, 45, 47, 47M, 48, 61, 62

One block from Jefferson Station (Regional Rail); 13th Street Station for the Market-Frankford Line (MFL) and Trolley Lines 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36; Race-Vine Station or City Hall Station on the Broad Street Line. 

Esperanza Community Vaccination Center (ECVC) 

4261 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

High frequency routes: 47  

Other routes: 53 

Hunting Park is the closest Broad Street Line (BSL) and Allegheny is the closest ADA station. A free continuous express shuttle runs between Allegheny station and ECVC during clinic hours. 

Canstatter Volksfest-Verein German American Club

9130 Academy Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114

High frequency routes: 66

Other routes: 19, 20, 70, 88

n/a 

Community Academy 

1100 E Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

High frequency routes: 56  

Other routes: 3, 53, 89 

Erie-Torresdale on the Market-Frankford Line (MFL) is ½ mile or 12 mile walk to the clinic. 

Edward O’Malley Athletic Association

144 Moore St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

High frequency routes: 47, 79  

Other routes: 7, 29, 57

n/a

Grand Yesha Ballroom

2308 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

High frequency routes: 47  

Other routes: 18, 53

Snyder Station on the Broad Street Line (BSL) is about ¾ miles or a 17 minute walk from the clinic. 

MLK Older Adult Center

2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave # 35, Philadelphia, PA 19121

High frequency routes: 33 

Other routes: 2, 3, 61

Cecil B. Moore Station on the Broad Street Line (BSL) is about ¾ mile or 15 min walk from the clinic. 

The 15 Trolley Line on Girard Ave. (currently running as a bus) is also a ¾ mile or a 15 min walk from the clinic. 

PFD Ogontz Avenue

7800 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150

High frequency routes: 6 

Other routes: XH 

n/a 

Salvation Army (West Philadelphia)

5501 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

High frequency routes: G

Other routes: 31, 33

56th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line (MFL) is one block from the clinic.

 

Simon Gratz High School 

1798 W. Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

High frequency routes: R, 23

Other routes: 2, 53

Hunting Park and Erie Stations on the Broad Street Line (BSL) are both ½ mile or 10 minute walk from the clinic. 

University of the Sciences

Athletic/Recreation Center, 730 S. 43rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

High frequency routes: 42

Other routes: 30, 64

Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34 are all within blocks of the clinic. 

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