Penn Medicine Station: SEPTA’s University City Transit Hub Gets a New Name

Penn Station

PHILADELPHIA (January 27, 2020) – As SEPTA Regional Rail riders enter University City, they have a bird’s eye view of a new Penn Medicine hospital rising in West Philadelphia. Now, University City’s main travel hub will reflect the health system’s name.

SEPTA and Penn Medicine today announced a partnership that will result in the Regional Rail station known as University City Station becoming Penn Medicine Station. The 6,400 passengers that use the station every day will see new signage, maps and interactive screens in the coming weeks. As with SEPTA’s other naming rights agreements, this partnership will further SEPTA’s commitment to generating new sources of revenue.

“This agreement with Penn Medicine will deliver major benefits to our customers and other taxpayers who help fund the Authority’s operations,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon. “The revenue this generates will go directly toward the everyday costs of running the transit system.”

The station updates and renaming will arrive just in time for the home stretch of construction on Penn Medicine’s newest hospital, the Pavilion. The facility, which will house inpatient care for the Abramson Cancer Center, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and a new emergency department, is expected to be completed in 2021. It’s the largest capital project in Penn’s history and Philadelphia’s most sophisticated and ambitious health care building project.

“As the gateway to the Pavilion and our West Philadelphia medical campus, thousands of people each day pass through this SEPTA station en route to work, visit, and receive care in our facilities, and we’re so thrilled for the opportunity for the station to bear the Penn Medicine name,” said Kevin Mahoney, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “We are proud to partner with SEPTA to enhance the rider experience for our public transit system, which is a crucial part of what keeps our great city running each day.”

This partnership is consistent with SEPTA’s mandate to seek alternative sources of revenue. Act 44, a measure passed by state lawmakers in 2007 to provide funding for transportation in Pennsylvania, called on SEPTA and other transit agencies to bolster efforts to generate non-fare box revenues.

The partnership with Penn Medicine represents SEPTA’s fourth major station renaming agreement in recent years. SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. Richards said the agreement exemplifies the Authority’s commitment to enhancing service while being a good steward of funding generated from fare-paying riders and taxpayers.

“This partnership is a win-win for SEPTA customers,” Richards said. “SEPTA has worked hard to find innovative ways to enhance service while controlling costs, and we will continue to aggressively pursue more opportunities moving forward.”

SEPTA has worked closely with its advertising agency, Intersection, a smart cities technology and media company, on an innovative campaign to bring in additional advertising dollars. “We are thrilled to join Penn Medicine and SEPTA to improve the experience of everyone who passes through Penn Medicine Station,” said Jon Roche, Intersection’s Vice President and General Manager for the Philadelphia region. “Intersection’s digital upgrades at Penn Medicine Station will give riders important, real-time transit information and provide Penn Medicine with new ways to reach customers as they pass through the station.”

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