Electric Balancing Scooters on SEPTA Vehicles

Electric Balancing Scooters are battery-operated, self-balancing two-wheeled scooters designed to transport a person. They are also known as Segways (manufacturer name), gyroscopic mobility devices or automatic balancing wheeled conveyances. Motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, motorized bicycles (electric or gasoline-powered), and all other wheeled conveyances are not considered Electronic Balancing Scooters.

Electronic Balancing Scooters shall be permitted on SEPTA vehicles and within SEPTA facilities under the following conditions:

  • The general public can ride during off-peak hours only.
  • Persons with disabilities can ride at any time upon presentation of a valid Pennsylvania Reduced Fare Card for Persons with Disabilities (“green card”). Such a customer may travel on SEPTA with an EBS during peak or off-peak hours, subject to policy conditions.
  • Law enforcement officers and emergency responders in uniform and with proper identification may bring EBS on any SEPTA mode/route at any time, subject to policy conditions.
  • Children under the age of 14 bringing an EBS on a SEPTA vehicle must be accompanied by an adult (someone over the age of 18). An adult shall accompany only one child with an EBS at a time.

  • SEPTA Regional Rail
  • Broad Street Subway
  • Market-Frankford Subway Elevated
  • Route 100
  • Route 15 (bus and PCC II service only, not to be carried on LRV cars)
  • All surface bus routes

They are not permitted on trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34, 36, 101, or 102.

  • The dimensions should be no greater than 30 inches wide by 48 inches long.
  • The weight with rider and fully loaded should be no greater than 600 pounds.

  • Appropriate fares will apply.
  • All users must remain in control of their device at all times.
  • Devices must be turned off or in Power Assist mode while boarding, exiting or while on a vehicle.
  • Riding, sitting, or standing on the device while on a vehicle is prohibited.
  • Users must remain with but not on their EBS device during travel.
  • May not ride devices while in station, terminal or on platform.
  • Users must yield to pedestrians at all times.
  • Devices must be safely and securely stowed while on vehicle.
  • Any person bringing an EBS on a SEPTA transit vehicle must be physically able to load, stow, and unload the device, or be accompanied by someone who will provide this assistance.
  • SEPTA personnel will not assist with loading/unloading or storing devices, however, upon request, SEPTA personnel will deploy bridge plates for use in boarding/exiting rail cars.
  • On buses and Route 15 trolleys, users may board using the wheelchair lift or ramp. SEPTA personnel will deploy lift or ramp, but will not otherwise assist with loading, unloading or storing devices.
  • If the device is occupying a wheelchair space and the user does not possess a Reduced Fare Card, he/she must yield space to wheelchair users as required.
  • Only two devices will be permitted per rail or subway car, one at each end, without blocking aisles.