Multimodal commuting involves using two or more forms of transportation. Many people already combine public and private transportation for their commute, driving to a SEPTA station or stop and then completing their journey via bus, trolley, high-speed or regional rail. Replacing the drive with a brisk walk or short bicycle ride produces many of the benefits of pedestrian or bicycle commuting, and works well when walking or biking the whole way is not feasible due to distance, safety or physical fitness.
Adding as little as 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) of walking or biking to your daily commute burns calories, raises your metabolism, increases concentration and improves mood, allowing you to focus on work while improving your interactions with colleagues. Thirty minutes of activity a day has also been demonstrated to help people maintain body weight and reduce the likelihood and severity of chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, pedestrian or bicycle commuters significantly reduce the amount of CO2 released due to their commute, as well as save on gasoline and maintenance costs to their cars. Using bicycles and public transportation also has more predictable costs than driving by car, as they are not subject to rising gas prices, and allow commuters to bypass time-consuming freeway congestion–leading to more predictable transit times and less aggravation.
Things to Know:
Taking Bikes on SEPTA
- Bikes are not allowed on trolleys, but are allowed on SEPTA bus bike racks at all times.
- Bikes are allowed on the subway and Norristown High-Speed Line, except for weekdays from 6-9 a.m. & 3-6 p.m.
- Bikes are allowed on weekday Regional Rail trains except: weekday morning inbound trains arriving at any Center City station between 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; and weekday afternoon outbound trains departing from any Center City station between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bikes are allowed on SEPTA regional rail trains all day on weekends and major holidays. Each train car can fit two bikes.
- Folding bikes are always allowed on SEPTA vehicles.
- Want to know if a SEPTA rail station has bike parking? Check out their Clickable Regional Rail & Rail Transit Map!
Please consult SEPTA's website for complete information.
Taking Bikes on PATCO
- Bikes are allowed on all PATCO trains at any time.
- On-board trains, cyclist must hold the bicycle firmly, with kickstand up, between windscreens of the non-platform side doorway.
Please consult PATCO's website for complete information.
Taking Bikes on NJ Transit
- Bikes are allowed on trains designated by a bicycle symbol in public timetables and on most weekend trains and light rail
- Bikes are allowed on the Atlantic City Rail Line and River Line Light Rail at all times. The River Line has hanging racks.
- Bikes are allowed on all buses with bike racks at all times.
- Folding bikes are allowed on all NJ Transit trains and light rail at all times.
Please consult NJ Transit's website for complete information.
- Pedestrians walk at about 3 miles an hour–covering 3/4 of a mile in 15 minutes.
- Bicycles can cover about 8 to 12 miles in an hour at a light to moderate pace–covering 2-3 miles in 15 minutes.
- Adding 30 minutes of biking or walking to your daily commute burns calories, improves mood, and increases productivity!
For more information, see SEPTA, PATCO, and NJ TRANSIT's websites: