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TransPass Oversight and Distribution

What are TransPasses?

The School District currently provides transportation to more than 60,000 students weekly via a free SEPTA TransPass. The Weekday Student TransPass is produced by SEPTA and is distributed monthly using Dunbar Armored Services.  While students can swipe their passes for trips on multiple bus, subway or trolley lines within the City of Philadelphia, TransPasses are not valid for use on Regional Rail and can only be used by students for their travel to or from school between the hours of 5:30 am. and 7:00 pm.

How do I know if any of my students are eligible for a TransPass?

The Department of Transportation Services Scheduling Department determines student eligibility for TransPasses based on specific criteria. For more information on eligibility, please contact your school’s Scheduling Analyst.

Distributing and Returning TransPasses

Each month Dunbar Armored Services will deliver TransPasses for your school for use in the following month. Those passes should be distributed in a timely fashion, with students signing or checking off that they have received their pass. Any unused passes should be returned to the District via Dunbar Armored Services on the next drop off day.  The Summary of Free Student TransPasses form must also be completed and e-mailed to transpass@philasd.org. Yearly audits are completed to verify that these forms have been completed by school for each and every delivery and ensure distribution compliance.

For additional detailed instructions on TransPass eligibility, delivery, distribution, return and oversight, please view our Principal’s Guide to TransPasses.

For questions regarding TransPass distribution or returns, please contact Transportation at transpass@philasd.org.

Last modified: June 26, 2018