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Getting To and From AFS

There are many ways to get your child to AFS every day! Students come to AFS from more than 75 zip codes in neighborhoods around the greater Philadelphia area. The AFS Transportation Office is available to help you figure out the best way for your student to get to and from school.

The 2020-2021 school year presents many challenges for families and for our local school districts. Please consult “Transportation for the 2020-2021 school year” in the menu below to explore transportation options for the upcoming school year.

Questions? Contact the AFS Transportation Office:

Chris Santaniello, Transportation Director
215-576-3981


Transportation Information:

Transportation for the 2020-2021 School Year

Public School Busing for Philadelphia & Suburban Families

If you reside within ten miles of Abington Friends School you are eligible for busing by the district in which you reside. Due to the pandemic, districts have varying options available. We have compiled the most up-to-date and comprehensive updates and contact information for bussing these districts in this document. We ask that you please contact the district in which you reside to obtain the more detailed information and/or to register for public busing service.

Please note that public school busing does not provide a late bus service. Students who stay late at school for any reason must obtain alternate transportation home.

Please contact the AFS Transportation Office with questions.

 

SEPTA & Shuttle Service

When the Upper School campus is open, students in grades 9-12 will be given a free weekly Septa bus pass , which can be converted to a rail pass for a small fee. Passes are distributed by advisors during Morning Assembly. The 55 and 77 buses both stop at the intersection of Old York Road and Washington Lane, one block from AFS. Please contact the AFS Transportation Office with questions.

AFS provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the nearby Jenkintown Train Station. The SEPTA regional rail trains that make a stop at Jenkintown are the Airport Line, West Trenton Line, Warminster Line, Glenside Combined Line and the Lansdale/Doylestown Line. Schedules can be found on SEPTA’s website.. This shuttle runs on the following schedule:

Departs from the Jenkintown Train Station at 7:50 a.m.
Departs AFS at 3:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m and 5:30 p.m.

 

The AFS “Northwester” Bus, serving Northwest Philadelphia
We provide an in-house school bus option to families coming from Northwest Philadelphia. We are happy to be able to offer the Northwester bus once again. This is not a door-to-door service. Stops include: Chestnut Hill West station, Trolley Car Diner, Portions of Allens Lane and Wissahickon Ave., and all of Washington Lane. Please complete this form if you are interested in the Northwester service or contact the AFS Transportation Office.

The intent of the Northwester Bus has always been to provide an affordable transportation option to families served by the Philadelphia School District service.  In the past we charged a flat rate for the year,  which was heavily discounted and that cost has not increased since 2008.

This year, because schedules are variable for some students and it is possible that we will need to close school for periods of time, we have decided that the best approach would be a retroactive billing model in which charges are added to your SMART account at the end of each month that reflect the number of rides used by each student in that month.

Riders will be charged $5 per ride (am or pm) or $10 per day. Billing will occur monthly through our SMART system and you will see a “Transportation” charge monthly. We began recording ridership beginning on September 14 and you should see your September charges in SMART no later than November 1. This process will continue on a monthly basis through the remainder of the school year.

Health & Safety on AFS Transportation

In addition to what is outlined in the AFS Reopening Plan we feel that the implementation of the steps below will allow us to provide transportation to our community in the safest and most practical way. We will make adjustments as new guidance emerges or as we refine our protocol once the school year begins.

  • Bus drivers and passengers must wear a face covering while on the bus.
  • The bus will be loaded from back to front at 1 per window seat leaving the seat behind the driver open. Unloading will start from the front and proceed row by row in an orderly fashion
  • Riders from the same household will be seated together and everyone must remain in their seat at all times.
  • Windows will be kept open to allow for maximum fresh air ventilation.
  • Buses will be cleaned and sanitized using hospital-grade disinfectants after every run.

District School Bus for students residing in the Suburbs

If you reside within 10 miles of Abington Friends School, you are eligible for busing by the district in which you reside. The following school districts provide free bus transportation:

  • Abington
  • Bensalem
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cheltenham
  • Colonial
  • Council Rock
  • Hatboro-Horsham
  • Lower Merion
  • Lower Moreland
  • Neshaminy
  • Springfield (Montgomery County)
  • Upper Dublin
  • Upper Moreland
  • Wissahickon

Lower School students are escorted by teachers to their buses during afternoon dismissal.

Please note that public school busing does not provide a late bus service. Students who stay late at school for sports practice, theater rehearsal or other activities get home by car, by train and the AFS Jenkintown SEPTA station shuttle, or by using the AFS transportation service. 

For  families who use school district busing, please be aware that most districts provide route information at the very end of the summer.  If you have questions, please contact your District transportation office or the AFS transportation office.

School Bus and SEPTA Options for students residing in Philadelphia

For Students in Grades 1 through 8

The School District of Philadelphia provides busing for students in grades 1-8.  Please note that public school busing does not provide a late bus service. Students who stay late at school for sports practice, theater rehearsal or other activities get home by car, by train and the Jenkintown SEPTA station shuttle or using the AFS transportation service.

Parents who choose not to use the Philadelphia school bus because of excessively long travel times or unacceptable service may be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the city.  Please contact the AFS Transportation Department for more information.

For Students in Grades 9 through 12

Students in grades 9-12 are given a free weekly SEPTA bus pass each week from their advisor during Morning Assembly.

A student’s weekly SEPTA transpass can be upgraded to a rail pass for $9.90.  This can be done at the ticket offices of Suburban Station, 30th Street Station and many others as listed on SEPTA’s website.

SEPTA Bus Lines Serving AFS:

The 55 and 77 buses both stop at the intersection of Old York Road and Washington Lane, one block from AFS.

Regional Rail and the Free Jenkintown Train Station Shuttle

AFS is conveniently located near the Jenkintown Train Station, which is serviced by multiple SEPTA Regional Rail lines. AFS provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the Jenkintown station. This shuttle:

  • Departs from the Jenkintown Train Station at 7:50 a.m.
  • Departs AFS at 3:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m and 5:30 p.m.

This shuttle is intended for students, faculty and staff who choose to commute by rail. The morning pick up time is coordinated with the train schedule so that everyone arrives on campus as close to 8:00 a.m. as possible. The pick-up time is around 7:50 a.m. and the bus will return for a second pick-up if needed.

The afternoon train shuttle departs AFS at 3:20 p.m. and arrives at the station just before 3:30 p.m.

The late shuttles depart AFS at 5:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The SEPTA regional rail trains that make a stop at Jenkintown are the Airport Line, West Trenton Line, Warminster Line, Glenside Combined Line and the Lansdale/Doylestown Line. Schedules can be found on SEPTA’s website.

Students who receive a SEPTA transpass can upgrade it to a rail pass for a fee.

The AFS “Northwester" Bus, Serving Northwest Philadelphia

We provide an in-house school bus option to families coming from Northwest Philadelphia. The majority of the fee for this service is heavily subsidized by AFS so that it is a viable option for as many of our students as possible. This bus follows a set route and is not a door-to-door service. Stops include: Chestnut Hill West station, Trolley Car Diner, portions of Allens Lane and Wissahickon Avenue, and all of Washington Lane.

The Northwester Bus also makes a late run on Monday–Thursday at no extra charge. This late bus can be signed up for separately per athletic season.

Stops can be created at any point along the route. The route may vary slightly from year to year as adjustments are made to accommodate ridership.

Please contact the AFS Transportation Office for more information, or visit the Forms section of the website for the Northwester bus route flyer and registration form.

NW route map

Door-to-Door Van Service

AFS has a door-to-door van service available for children in grades K-12. Although we make every effort to accommodate each request for van service, it is only available if there are enough families in a given area to develop an economical route. Rates vary based on distance from AFS.

For more information, please contact the AFS Transportation Office or visit the Forms section of the website for the Van service flyer and registration form.