SEPTA Workers Are on Strike

Updated Nov. 7, 2016

Today, SEPTA and Transport Workers Union Local 234 City Transit Division reached a contract agreement. Service on city buses, subways and trolleys is starting to return today, with full service expected Tuesday morning.

The shuttle service Temple has provided to students, faculty, staff and health system employees will continue through the end of the regular schedule tonight at 10, when operations will finish. Therefore, plan on taking city transit or other transportation tomorrow if you have been using the shuttles during the strike. 

Visit SEPTA’s website for additional service details.


Updated Nov. 4, 2016: Change in location of the City Hall/JFK Boulevard shuttle stop (see below)

SEPTA city buses, subways and trolleys are not in service because of a strike by the Transport Workers Union Local 234 City Transit Division. This work stoppage does not impact regional rail service.

As with past SEPTA strikes, Temple University will be open for business as usual, and all classes and events will be held as scheduled. Employees will be expected to report to work on time to ensure uninterrupted service to students and patients. Talk with your supervisor if you have questions about expectations.

We also encourage you to review SEPTA’s website, especially the transit agency’s service interruption guide, and plan alternate arrangements for your travel, such as carpooling.

Temple has made plans to help minimize the effects of a service interruption for members of the university community, including supplementary shuttle services and reduced-rate parking.

Shuttle services

In addition to existing intercampus shuttles between Main, the Health Sciences Center and Ambler campuses—which will continue to operate—Temple has joined a local consortium to offer free, supplementary shuttle service to students, faculty and staff who present valid OWLcards or Health System IDs when boarding.

Shuttles will operate daily, starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shuttles are expected to pass stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to look for buses with a window sign that states, “Private shuttle, Temple and hotels.” There will be no pickups between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or after 10 p.m.

Additionally, note that shuttle passengers traveling east (from Upper Darby/West Philadelphia) will be let off at the Municipal Services Building (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.) and will need to walk one block to the southeast corner of Broad and Arch streets to transfer to the north-south shuttle. Passengers coming from the Health Sciences Center or Main Campus will be let off at the Municipal Services Building to board the westbound shuttle. 

If you are heading north, wait on the southwest corner. 

If you are heading south, wait on the southeast corner. 

The shuttle stops are:

South Philadelphia route                                        
Broad Street and Pattison Avenue                       
Broad Street and Snyder Avenue
Broad Street and Passyunk Avenue                                        
Broad Street and Washington Avenue                                    
Broad and Locust streets                                      
Broad and Chestnut streets                                           
City Hall: Effective immediately, this stop will be located at the Broad Street side of JFK Plaza (near the statue of Ben Franklin). Those traveling from Upper Darby/West Philadelphia will still board at Broad and Arch streets, as noted above.                                                                                                         

North Philadelphia route
Broad Street and Polett Walk
Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue
Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue
Broad and Ontario streets
Broad Street and Erie Avenue
Broad Street and Olney Avenue: now Broad Street and West Tabor Road: Due to the possibility of SEPTA picketers at the Olney Transportation Center, the Broad and Olney stop has been relocated to just south of that intersection.
15th Street and Cheltenham Avenue
Cheltenham and Ogontz avenues: The shuttle will now stop outside TD Bank in the Cheltenham Mall parking lot. 

West Philadelphia route
63rd and Market streets                                                                
58th and Market streets                                                                         
42nd and Market streets                                              
36th and Market streets                                                  
30th and Market streets
22nd and Market streets
15th and Market streets                


Main Campus

Temple will offer parking rates of $8 per day, based on availability, during the duration of the strike at

  • Lot No. 7 (Norris Street between 11th and 12th streets) and
  • ​15th Street Lot (15th Street between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue).

Limited parking might also be available in the Liacouras Garage (15th Street between Montgomery and Cecil B. Moore avenues).

A valid OWLcard must be shown to the attendant upon entering those facilities. Additionally, parking might be available at the Cecil B. Moore Lot (Cecil B. Moore Avenue between 13th and 12th streets) and in the Montgomery Garage (11th Street between Montgomery Avenue and Berks Street) for $4 per hour, and at the Tuttleman Lot (Montgomery Avenue between 13th and 12th streets) for $6 per hour.

Health Sciences Center
If you are traveling to the Health Sciences Center campus, park on Main Campus and use the intercampus shuttle service. For more information, visit the Parking Services website.