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Visiting EPA Region 3’s Office in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Address

US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
800-438-2474 or 215-814-5122
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Map of the area around 1650 Arch Street

 

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Public Information Center

Why visit the PIC?

  • Drop in to see our multimedia exhibits.
  • Environmental and school groups can arrange tours that include, if requested, a learning experience on any environmental topic of their choice presented by an EPA expert. Programs offered include pollution prevention, water quality, household hazards, wetlands and air quality.

Location:
US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Hours:  Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone number:   215-814-5121 or 1-800-438-2474 (DC, WV, VA, DE, MD and PA only)

Security note: All visitors are required to pass through security, including a metal detector. Visitors over the age of 13 must show photo identification.

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Building Access

Our EPA Region 3 Philadelphia Office is located on floors 1 through 16 of the building.  We are open weekdays from 8:00  am to 4:00 pm. There is limited access to our offices after hours and on weekends. The main entrance and the entrance for the disabled are on Arch Street.

All visitors must be “pre-registered” at the EPA Security Desk by their EPA Point of Contact at least 24 hours before their arrival.

Visitors over the age of 13 visiting EPA’s Philadelphia Office need to have a valid photo identification to enter (no exceptions).

All visitors will be screened by passing through a stationary magnetometer (metal detector). Their items will be screened by passing through an X-Ray machine. For visitors with disabilities who cannot move through the walk-thru magnetometer, a “Hand-Held” Metal Detector may be used. Visitors will be escorted by an EPA Employee while in EPA space at all times unless otherwise arranged. Note: Individuals representing any State, Local, and Federal Law Enforcement Organizations considered to be officially “on-duty” with the proper credentials will be permitted into EPA space.

All EPA visitors will be issued a visitors badge by Security. Visitors must be accompanied by an EPA employee. Once their business is completed, visitors must return badges to Security.

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Bike Parking

There is a rack where bikes may be parked on the 17th Street side of our offices, in front of the windows to our Public Information Center.  There is also an Indego Exit  bicycle sharing station at 1750 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

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Public Transportation

Our Center City Philadelphia location is convenient to many forms of public transportation. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation whenever possible.

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Airports

Philadelphia's major airport is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Exit. There is a SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line (PDF)(5 pp, 359 K, About PDFExittrain which goes from the airport to Center City Philadelphia. The one-way or round-trip tickets can be purchased on the train. Get off at the Suburban Station stop (16th and JFK Boulevard). Exit the train and go up to the concourse level.  Walk through the concourse toward 17th and Arch and take the steps up to street level (near the regional rail ticket booths). Our building is on the corner of 17th and Arch Street (1650 Arch St.) directly across 17th Street from the Comcast Center, the tallest building in Philadelphia. Enter our building on the Arch Street side.

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Taxis

Cabs are readily available on most downtown Philadelphia streets. If you are having trouble finding one, walk to a nearby hotel since taxis tend to wait for customers. Charges are by meter.

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Driving Directions

From South or Philadelphia International Airport via Interstate I-95

  • Take I-95 North (you will pass the Naval Base, Stadiums, and Columbus Blvd exits)
  • Exit off on the left side of the expressway at the I-676/Callowhill exit ramp (Exit #22)
  • Stay to the left side of the ramp and follow signs to I-676 West
  • Once on I-676 drive about a half mile and take the Broad/15th Street exit; this exit will drop you off onto 15th Street going south
  • Drive 3 blocks (4th traffic light) and make a right onto Arch Street (stay to the left side)
  • Drive two blocks; our building is on the left at 17th & Arch Street

To Leave:

  • Take 16th Street North three blocks to Vine Street, make a right onto Vine
  • Take the access ramp for I-676 Eastbound is at Broad Street and Vine Street
  • Follow signs for I-95 South or Chester/Airport

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From North via Interstate I-95

  • Pass the Girard Avenue exit as you travel southbound on I-95
  • Take the I-676 West/Callowhill exit ramp (Exit #22); stay to the left side of the ramp and follow signs for I-676 West
  • Once on I-676 West, drive about a half mile and exit at the Broad/15th Street exit
  • This exit will drop you off onto 15th Street going south
  • Drive 3 blocks (4th traffic light) and make a right onto Arch Street (stay to the left side)
  • Drive two blocks, building on left at 17th & Arch Street

To Leave:

  • Take 16th Street North three blocks to Vine Street, make a right onto Vine
  • Take the access ramp for I-676 Eastbound is at Broad Street and Vine Street
  • Follow signs for I-95 North or Trenton/New York

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From West via Pennsylvania Turnpike

  • Exit off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Valley Forge Exit #326
  • Follow I-76 eastbound to Philadelphia via the Schuylkill Expressway
  • Drive about 10 miles; when you see Boat House Row and the Art Museum across the river to your left,  exit left onto I-676 Eastbound
  • Take the second exit (about 1 mile) which is Broad Street/15th Street exit
  • Make a right onto 15th Street as you come up the ramp
  • Drive 3 blocks and make a right onto Arch Street (stay to left side)
  • Drive two blocks; our building is on the left at 17th & Arch Street

To Leave:

  • Take 16th Street north three blocks to Vine Street, cross over Vine
  • Stay on the right side to access the ramp to I-676 westbound

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From Southern New Jersey via I-295 North or Rt. 42 West:

  • Take I-295 North or Rt. 42 West to I-76 West toward the Ben Franklin Bridge/Camden
  • Stay on the far right outside lanes and follow signs for I-676 North (Exit 2 Camden/Ben Franklin Bridge)
  • Take I-676 to the Ben Franklin Bridge
  • As you come off the Ben Franklin Bridge and approach the traffic light, stay in the center lanes
  • Keep going straight and follow signs for I-676 again
  • Once on I-676 West drive about half a mile and exit at the Broad/15th Streets exit; this will drop you off onto 15th Street going south
  • Drive 3 blocks (4th traffic light) and make a right onto Arch Street (stay in left lane)
  • Drive two blocks; our building is on the left at 17th & Arch Streets

To Leave:

  • Take 16th Street north three blocks to Vine Street, make a right onto Vine
  • Take the access ramp for I-676 Eastbound is at Broad Street and Vine Street
  • Follow signs for the Ben Franklin Bridge I-676 East or Camden, New Jersey

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From New York via I-295 South or New Jersey Turnpike

  • Take the NJ Turnpike Exit 4 or Rt. I-295 to Rt. 73 westbound; stay on Rt. 73 westbound for about 3 miles
  • Exit is on the left side; follow signs for the Betsy Ross Bridge
  • Take the Betsy Ross Bridge directly to I-95 South, Philadelphia
  • Once on I-95 southbound you will pass the Girard Avenue exit
  • Then take the I-676 West/Callowhill exit ramp (Exit #17); stay to the left side of the ramp and follow signs to I-676 West
  • Once on I-676 West drive about half a mile and exit at the Broad/15th Streets exit; this will drop you off onto 15th Street going south
  • Drive 3 blocks (4th traffic light) and make a right onto Arch Street (stay in left lane)
  • Drive two blocks; our building is on the left at 17th & Arch Streets

To Leave:

  • Take 16th Street North three blocks to Vine Street, make a right onto Vine
  • Take the access ramp for I-676 Eastbound is at Broad Street and Vine Street
  • Follow signs for I-95 North or Trenton/New York

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Parking

Parking may be available at meters or parking meter kiosks for on-street parking Exit. If not, there are a number of parking garages close by Exit.

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