Getting Around Without a Driver’s Licence

The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania wants those with epilepsy to be involved in all that our wonderful and exciting region has to offer.  This means attending community events like farmer’s markets, concerts, sporting events, and visiting the local attractions of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Public Transportation:

Some people with epilepsy may be restricted from driving a car, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a part of our community.  There are plenty of places that are easily accessible by public transportation.  Philadelphia’s public transportation system, SEPTA, is cheap and convenient.  Keep reading to find tips on getting around without a car.

  • Visit www.septa.org to learn about public transportation options in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Use the “Trip Planner” option to see all of your train, trolley, and subway options.  You can find more information on transportation passes and tickets at shop.septa.org.  Also, tokens that are good for subways and buses can be easily purchased at any SEPTA station.
  • The Broad Street Line is great for going to the sports complex that houses the Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers professional sports teams.  Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market, Avenue of the Arts, and Center City are also easily accessible on the Broad Street Line subway.
  • You can access many of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods easily by riding the Market-Frankford Line.  Travel quickly between the Northern Liberties, Old City, and University City on this line.
  • If you live outside the city or need to head to the suburbs, there is nothing better then SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines.  The trains generally run every hour, with more trains during peak hours.
  • If you are planning a trip, make sure you first visit www.googlemaps.com to search for public transportation directions.  After you type in your destination click on the picture of a bus to get accurate and step-by-step public transportation directions.
  • For more information about exploring Philadelphia specifically, visit http://www.visitphilly.com/getting-around/

Attractions and Events:

Southeastern Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia offer many events and attractions that are accessible by public transportation.  Many people actually find it cheaper and easier to go to these places by public transportation.  Below are some suggestions of places to visit that do not require a car.

  • Walking/Biking Paths and Parks can be found easily by public transportation.  Find the Schuylkill River Trail by riding SEPTA bus routes 1, 9, 27, 35, 38, 61, 65, 124, 125 to the Art Museum. Valley Forge Park is accessible by taking the SEPTA bus 125 to the Valley Forge Visitors Center.  The tree lined Forbidden Drive can be found by riding the Manayunk/Norristown High Speed Line, to Ridge Avenue/Main Street.
  • Gardens and Markets are also easy to access without a car. Take the 36 trolley from City Hall to 54th street to find Bartram’s Garden. Farmer’s Markets are great ways to find fresh produce, flowers, and meet locals.  Visit http://www.farmtocity.org/FarmersMarkets.asp to see a huge list of market locations all around the area. Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market can also be found on the SEPTA 64 bus. Just get off at the 9th street stop and start shopping.
  • Malls and Shops are never far away when using public transportation.  The famous King of Prussia Mall is easy to get to by taking the SEPTA 123 bus from 69th street station.  In Philadelphia the Gallery, at Market East, is located at 901 Market Street  and is accessible by numerous bus routes and the Market East train station.
  • Atlantic City and New York City is easily accessible by public transportation thanks to New Jersey Transit.  They have trains leaving from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station that go to Atlantic City.  To get to New York to can take SEPTA’s regional rail line to Trenton, then transfer to New Jersey Transit up to New York City.
  • Want to go even farther? Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus all can get you around the country by either train or bus.  View their websites to see where you can go next!

Wondering about getting a drivers license?

Each state has specific regulations concerning epilepsy and your driver’s license.  If you are moving to a new state or just interested in the current rules, you can easily check here: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/resources/Driving-Laws-by-State.cfm

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