"When I shadowed, I could feel the Mercy spirit and knew I wanted to be a part of this happiness."
- Kelly '22 

Transportation 

Down the road from Villanova University, close to Boathouse Row, near Center City and South Philly, and just over the bridge to NJ - MMA has a truly awesome location!  View this map to give you a sense of where some of our students reside.  

 

Getting here is easy! 

There are lots of ways to get to MMA–by foot, on a school district or SEPTA bus, by car, train, van, or on the St. Joseph's Prep bus. 

School District Busing
Students residing in a PA school district, other than Philadelphia, that is within 10 miles of MMA can receive school district busing to school free of charge.  This includes the following districts:

Abington                                           Rose Tree Media                                                 
Cheltenham Southeast Delaware County
Colonial Springfield Delaware County
Haverford Springfield Montgomery County
Interboro Treddyffrin/Easttown
Lower Merion Upper Darby
Marple Newtown Upper Merion
Norristown Wallingford/Swarthmore
Radnor William Penn
Ridley  
   

St. Joseph’s Prep Busing
St. Joseph’s Prep busing is available to MMA students who live in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and most areas not eligible for school district busing.  The stops and routes are determined based on student population.  Shuttle bus service is available from the Prep to MMA in the mornings, and from MMA to the Prep in the afternoons.

The average cost for round-trip Prep bus service is $2200 for the school year.  For students that only require shuttle service to and from the Prep, the cost is approximately $500.  Prep busing is provided either one way (a.m. or p.m.) or both ways.  If you ride one way, the charge is approximately 75% of the full cost.

The Prep buses arrive at the Prep between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. A shuttle bus takes students from the Prep to MMA in the morning. A shuttle bus to the Prep leaves MMA at 4:50 p.m.  All buses leave in the evening from the Prep at 5:20 p.m.  

On the days that MMA has school and the Prep is off from school, MMA offers students an alternative accommodation. There are five buses that run routes through New Jersey and Philadelphia to transport patrons of the Prep Bus system between home and school. 

Click here for a sample Prep Bus schedule for 2021-2022.

MMA Northwest Bus
We are pleased to offer bus service to our families living in Northwest Philadelphia and beyond.  

The Northwest Shuttle gathers students each morning at the Woodmere Art Museum, Kohl’s in Andorra Shopping Center, and the Sunoco Gas Station at Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane.

The cost for roundtrip bus service for the school year is $825.

SEPTA Transportation
Students residing in the School District of Philadelphia receive weekly SEPTA passes at school free of charge.  Students may upgrade their bus passes to a rail pass for approximately $5 a week. Visit the SEPTA website for the most up-to-date bus and train schedules and information.

Bus
SEPTA’s 44 bus stops at the school’s front gate. Students may ride the 44 bus to 54th and City Line Avenue, or to Center City, if transferring on to a connecting bus or other transportation such as PATCO’s high speed line. 

Train
SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale Line stops at the Narberth train station. For students riding the train, a complimentary MMA shuttle van provides roundtrip service to school from the Narberth train station. There are two pickups, 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. in the morning. The shuttle van leaves MMA at 3:15 p.m. in the afternoon. 

Student Parking
Due to township regulations, limited student parking is available on campus.  A student must be 17 years old and hold an official state driver’s license to drive to school.     

Questions?
If you have any other questions regarding transportation please contact Mrs. Marianne Grace at mgrace@merion-mercy.com or call 610-664-6655 ext. 109.

An independent, Catholic, all-girls college preparatory high school for grades 9-12
Merion Mercy Academy
511 Montgomery Avenue Merion Station, PA 19066
P (610) 664-6655
F (610) 664-6322
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