The first to go virtual is the first to return in-person with the TCPHL 2021 Summer Gathering on Saturday, July 24, 2021

Scenes from TransportationCamp PHL 2019

As discussed prior to TransportationCamp PHL 2021, the TCPHL21 team is pleased to be hosting an optional extension of the conference — the TCPHL 2021 Summer Gathering — on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The gathering will be an opportunity for TransportationCamp participants to interact with one another in an in-person setting, accounting for the improved global pandemic conditions.

Our goal is expect a day of fun urban exploration with fellow TransportationCamp participants, concluding with a happy hour in the afternoon. The event is open to recent and former attendees of TransportationCamp PHL, members of YPT chapters from Philadelphia and beyond, and their friends and family.

Are you a local or looking to make a long weekend out of it? Our event is designed to help you make the most out of your time in the Philadelphia region.

We’re ecstatic to be seeing you in-person in July. Let the summer fun commence!

Tickets are complimentary; there is no charge to participate, although food and optional Phillies tickets are not included.


Components of the Day

Getting Here for 11:30am Kickoff

The day begins at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, the city’s beautiful primary rail terminal with connecting service throughout the region and beyond.

Service is available on all SEPTA Regional Rail lines, all Trolley lines, the Market-Frankford line, countless bus routes, Amtrak Acela/Regional/Keystone/Long-Distance service, Megabus, NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Line, and more.

As usual, Philadelphia makes for a great day trip from New York, Washington, Baltimore, and more — and Amtrak tickets are starting at $16 from all of those locations!

Suggested Amtrak Trains on 7/24:

  • Regional 164 from Washington & Baltimore, arriving 11:04am
  • Keystone 664 from Harrisburg & Lancaster, arriving 11:15am
  • Keystone 663 from New York, arriving 10:35am
  • Acela 2249 from New York & Boston, arriving 11:15am

TransportationCamp PHL Exploration Challenge [11:30am-3:30pm]

At 11:30am, we will kickoff the inaugural TransportationCamp Philadelphia Exploration Challenge! This unique choose-your-own-adventure format will encourage attendees to meet new people in small groups of around 5 (+/- 2), explore the city’s transportation highlights, and see some of Philadelphia’s best attractions.

Groups will form at 11:30am, so if you’re coming by yourself or a couple, you’ll be able to meet other attendees before the challenge commences and set out on your exploration with others. Feel free to invite your significant other, family, and friends.

Participants will be provided a map of key locations in the Philadelphia region — both transit-related and not — and an associated “point value,” earned by posting a photo of the team at their location to a designated channel on the TransportationCamp PHL Slack. The team that earns the most points will win a prize!


Highlight Points
Riding every SEPTA mode TBD
Using a IndeGo bike TBD
Getting lunch at Reading Terminal Market TBD
Visiting the 69th Street Terminal TBD
Visiting the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway TBD

Think of it like a scavenger hunt where YOU retain control your destinations, route, and itinerary. Those who want to spend most of their time talking with others are encouraged to do so while visiting the transit highlights on the map, whereas those new to Philadelphia are also encouraged to explore all that the region has to offer. Whatever you’re looking to do, our map is sure to give you inspiration to make the most of the challenge.

Afternoon Gathering & Happy Hour [4-5:30pm]

The challenge will conclude at 3:30pm, followed by the outdoor, open-air Afternoon Gathering at Cira Green, a unique elevated urban park located one block from 30th Street Station. Snacks and beverages are available at Sunset Social in the park.

This will be a time to discuss the things you saw, transportation developments in to Philadelphia and beyond, and to connect with likeminded individuals.

[OPTIONAL] Join us for the 6:05pm Phillies Game (vs Atlanta Braves)

While Cira Green’s location makes it convenient to return home, be it within the Delaware Valley or outside of the region, those interested are invited to conclude the day in Philadelphia tradition: at a Phillies game.

If interested, please indicate this on your registration form and do NOT book your own Phillies tickets at this time — we will be looking to purchase group tickets depending on demand.

Safety Precautions

This event attempts to minimize total indoor gathering size by encouraging the formation of small groups during the exploration component, and using an open-air venue for the Afternoon Gathering & Happy Hour. All participants will be expected to comply with local guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures. As a reminder, federal law requires the wearing of face coverings on all transit modes regardless of vaccination status. All attendees are participating at their own risk.

Stay Connected

Make sure you’re up to date by following us on Twitter @TranspoCampPHL, liking us on Facebook, joining our LinkedIn group, and by subscribing to our MailChimp email updates. And, keep the conversation going! Tag your tweets, instagram photos, and more with the official event hashtag: #TCPHLSummer21.

If you attended the conference, you’ll also want to stay tuned on the conference Slack site where we’ll announce additional details and coordinate day-of logistics.

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Organizing Committee

TransportationCamp PHL is organized thanks to a collaborative effort between YPT, WTS, and Drexel’s Lindy Institute. Passionate about transportation and bringing the conference to Philadelphia, the conference’s co-chairs span a diverse array of subsets in the industry with professional experience in both public and private transportation operations, transportation planning, and logistics consulting. For additional breadth, the conference has a larger working group whose collective knowledge and expertise spans all facets of the industry and includes all levels of transportation involvement (ranging from career professionals to engaged hobbyists).