Beginning September 1, 2023, the City of Philadelphia will provide a new, free transit benefit for all permanent full-time, part-time, and provisional City of Philadelphia employees as part of its participation in the SEPTA Key Advantage program!

This means that about 22,000 City of Philadelphia employees will now be able to ride SEPTA at no cost to them.

Good for employees, good for the environment

Encouraging transit ridership for City of Philadelphia employees supports the City’s efforts to be environmentally conscious and socially responsible. It is also a huge cost-saving benefit to employees!

This two-year pilot is an opportunity to boost the City’s hiring and retention efforts and support our goals of sustainability, traffic safety, and equity.

The City partnered with local transit technology company Jawnt to manage employee enrollment. As of August 28, 2023, nearly 10,000 employees have enrolled in the program!

Raheem Manning smiling and crossing his arms in front of his chest with a SEPTA bus driving by in the background
Raheem Manning, Director, Night Time Economy, Department of Commerce

About the SEPTA Key Advantage program

SEPTA Key Advantage allows organizations to get SEPTA Key cards directly from SEPTA and distribute them to their employees at no cost to the employees. SEPTA Key Advantage passes can be used on all SEPTA modes of transportation.

Samaria Brandon walking past a SEPTA entrance with a sign on it that says Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, Trolley Lines
Samaria Brandon, Administrative Technical Trainee, Philadelphia Streets Department

Enrollment for eligible City of Philadelphia employees opened on July 18. Eligible employees automatically received an email to begin the enrollment process. The City also held 13 in-person Key Card distribution events for City employees who needed to get a Key Card.

a sign that says septa key card distribution event

The City of Philadelphia is now the largest employer in the region to take advantage of the program and is among Drexel, Penn Medicine, and Wawa in providing this benefit to employees.

With the City’s participation, close to 55,000 people are eligible for SEPTA Key Advantage at nearly two dozen institutions. Now in its second year, this revolutionary program is already helping SEPTA rebuild its ridership while bolstering an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for the region.

Join the City of Philadelphia team

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact. Learn more about job opportunities with the City of Philadelphia.

Aikaterini Papazoglou walking up a stairway with Philadelphia City Hall in the background and a SEPTA sign
Aikaterini Papazoglou, Civil Engineer I, Philadelphia Streets Department

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia will continue to provide its employees with a vibrant work environment, comprehensive healthcare and benefits like this one, and the experiences they need to grow and excel as they make an impact in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent and is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here.