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Ring the Bell PHL Philadelphia Public Schools Back to School Philadelphia Public Schools Back to School –
Monday, August 27, 2018

Philadelphia Public Schools, Grades K-12, will be returning to school Monday, August 27, 2018. School will be returning before Labor Day this year, as a part of the #RingtheBellPHL campaign for Philadelphia schools.

For more information and the 2018-2019 school year schedule, click here.

Safety in our Schools

Back to SchoolWith children returning to school next week, I am pleased that state resources are being dedicated to enhance safety and security in our schools.

Enacted in late June, Act 44 will provide $60 million in grant dollars and established a 17-member school safety commission.  The commission has already begun to meet their statutory deadlines for adopting safety and security criteria to be used in school safety assessments.

Program grants may be used for school and security assessments, conflict resolution, behavior supports, diversion, anti-violence programming, risk assessment, security planning, counseling, training and bullying prevention among other things.  Community anti-violence programs will also be funded through a $7.5 million set-aside.

SEPTA Updates

Key Card Purchase Fee & Fee Reimbursement

As of May 4th, 2018, purchase of a SEPTA Key Card cost a fee of $4.95. You can purchase a Key Card, along with a SEPTA Transit fair at any SEPTA Sales Office or Fare Kiosk. If your card is registered within 30 days of purchase, the $4.95 fee will automatically be applied to your Card Travel Wallet. By registering your Card, it is protected against loss or theft. Register your Card online at or by phone at the Key Customer Call Center (1-855-567-3782). For more information, click here.

Sale of Paper Transfers has been Discontinued Effective August 1, 2018

The sale of paper transfers for continuing travel on buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, and subways has been discontinued permanently at the end of service on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. As of August 1, 2018, customers must have a SEPTA Key Card with money loaded on the Travel Wallet. For more information, click here.

PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards No Longer Accepted for Travel Effective September 1, 2018

Effective September 1, 2018, the yellow and blue Senior Transit cards will no longer be valid to travel on SEPTA. A Senior Key Card or PA Driver’s License/ Identification Card with the magnetic strip on the back will be needed to travel on SEPTA. For more information, click here.

Southwest Connection Improvement Program

SEPTA is reminding customers work started on August 4 and will continue for two weeks through Sunday, August 19,  work related to the Southwest Connection Improvement Program will affect service on the Media/Elwyn, Wilmington/Newark and Airport Regional Rail Lines.  Special timetables and shuttle busing will be in effect on those lines for the duration of the two-week work period.  Service to University City will also be affected.

Airport, Media/Elwyn, and Wilmington/Newark Line customers should look for the printed timetables (with the Southwest Connection Improvement Program logo) and visit the project microsite – – for complete service information and details about the infrastructure improvements being undertaken.  SEPTA Ambassadors will also be deployed to assist customers with the service adjustments.  Following is a summary of the service adjustments during Southwest Connection Improvement Program construction:

  • University City Station Customers – There will be no train service to University City Station for the Airport, Media/Elwyn or Wilmington/Newark Lines.
    • Media/Elwyn Line customers can transfer from trains to shuttle buses at 49th Street Station to complete their trips to University City and 30th Street Stations (the shuttle bus stop for University City Station is located at 33rd & Spruce Streets)
    • SEPTA will operate train service between 30th Street Station and University City every 30 minutes
    • Airport Line shuttle buses will not stop at University City Station.

  • Media/Elwyn Line Customers – Train service will operate between Elwyn and 49th Street Stations and will follow the special Southwest Connection Improvement Program timetable.
    • Shuttle buses will operate in place of train service between 49th Street and 30th Street Stations
    • Customers continuing to Center City stations will board shuttle buses at 49th Street
    • During peak travel periods, customers traveling into Center City can also board express shuttle buses at 49th Street Station for direct service to 30th Street Station. Customers can access the Market/Frankford Line and Trolley Routes 11, 13 or 36 at SEPTA’s 30th Street Station (across the street from Amtrak 30th St. Station) to complete their trips into Center City
    • As an alternate, customers can exit trains at 49th Street Station and take SEPTA Route 11, 13 or 36 Trolleys to complete their trips to University City, 30th Street and Center City Stations.

  • Airport Line Customers – Shuttle buses will operate in place of train service between Airport Terminals, Eastwick and 30th Street Station
    • Shuttle Buses from the Airport will board from Zone 8 (on South Commercial Roadway).  Signage will be posted.
    • Shuttle buses departing from 30th Street will board on JFK Boulevard
    • Airport shuttle buses will not stop at University City Station
    • Customers should plan extra time onto their trips, due to traffic congestion on area roads

  • Wilmington/Newark Line Customers – Train service will operate between Newark and 30th Street Stations and will follow the special Southwest Connection Improvement Program timetable
    • All Wilmington/Newark Line trains will arrive and depart from Amtrak Main Terminal, lower-level platforms (9 and 10) at 30th Street Station
    • There will be no Wilmington/Newark Line service to or from Suburban, Jefferson or Temple University Stations
    • Customers traveling between Center City Stations (including Temple University) and 30th Street Station can take any inbound or outbound Regional Rail Train to/from 30th Street
    • Customers can also access the Market/Frankford Line and Trolley Routes, 11, 13 or 36 at SEPTA’s 30th Street Station (across the street from Amtrak 30th St. Station) to connect to/from 30th Street Station

SEPTA greatly appreciates our customers’ patience while we continue our work to improve service, safety, and travel reliability for our Regional Rail riders.

The SEPTA website and the Southwest Connection Improvement Program microsite will provide customers with all service, schedule and fare information to assist them with their travels from August 4 through August 19.  Additionally, each Regional Rail Line has a dedicated Twitter feed – @SEPTA_ELW, @SEPTA_WIL and @SEPTA_AIR – where customers can view real-time service information, even if they do not have a Twitter account.

Be sure to share our brochure to inform your constituents, employees, students, members and stakeholders of the temporary service adjustments.

Housing Available for Young Adults

Gloria Casarez ResidenceThe Gloria Casarez Residence at 1315 North 8th Street, an LGBTQ-friendly community, is offering 30 subsidized units of supportive housing to young adults (age 18 to 23 upon move-in) who are at-risk of homelessness or are currently or formerly homeless.

Applications are available TODAY!

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The application period is from 08/15/2018 to 09/15/2018

Applications Accepted For General Assistance

Following our big victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month, applications are now being accepted for General Assistance for extremely low-income Pennsylvanians.

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Upcoming Events

Fireworks Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia, August 31 – September 3, 2018

Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia will be filled with numerous special events and festivities all weekend long. Events will include the last weekend for the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River, Made in America Festival, and more.

For more information, click here.

Made in America Festival, September 1-2, 2018

Made in AmericaThe annual Made in America Festival will take place Labor Day weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Each year, Jay Z hand picks a lineup of established, as well as, up-and-coming artist to perform during the two-day event. Performances will feature the best in hip-hop, alternative music, EDM and R&B.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Brazilian Day Festival Brazilian Day Festival – Sunday, September 9, 2018

As part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Brazilian Day Festival will be held at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday, September 2, 2018 from 1-7 p.m. The day will be full of Brazilian traditions, food, music and merchandise to celebrate Brazil’s independence.

For more information, click here.

Open House on Addiction – September 10, 2018

On September 10 from 6-8pm, State Senator Larry Farnese will be holding an Open House on Addiction, at Broad Street Ministry located at 315 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Join us for an informational open house for those suffering from any form of substance addiction and for their family, friends and neighbors. Resources include a Narcan administration demo, counseling and foster care services, safe prescription disposal bags and much more. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

For more information, visit my website or contact my office at (215) 952-3121.

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Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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