In order for us to maintain efficient, transportation service, we ask that you conform to the following guidelines:
Feel free to schedule reservations either via telephone at (267) 574-6161 during office hours. You can also use the form on the Reservations page.
Each customer must submit a payment three (3) days before traveling.
Payments can be made in the form of a money order payable to Stephanie Blakeney. Mail to Blakeney Transportation, P.O. Box 7153, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
Payments can also be made online with a credit or debit card. Click on Payment Options for more information regarding online payments.
No one over 18 years of age will be allowed to travel to the State Correctional Institutions without proper identification. Birth certificates are required for children under 18 years of age.
*SCI - VISITATION ARRIVALS
BTS will arrive at the centralized pick up locations according to the scheduled times on the roster. Although we allow a 10-minute grace period, please plan to arrive at your pick up point early. The van will depart exactly ten (10) minutes after the scheduled time. BTS will not be held liable for anyone arriving after the grace period, nor will a refund be issued.
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR NO-SHOWS, OR IF YOU MISS THE VAN DUE TO YOUR OWN NEGLIGENCE.
*SCI - VISITATION DEPARTURES
BTS will depart each institution promptly at 3:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS! Although we allow a ten-minute grace period, please be prepared to board the van promptly at the end of your visit. Boarding time may begin as early as 30 minutes prior to departure. BTS will not be held liable for anyone arriving after the grace period. You will be returned to the location from which you were picked up.
*SCI - VISITATION DENIAL / EARLY TERMINATION
Our responsibility is to transport you, safely, to and from the priosn. BTS is not responsible or held liable for denial into any facility or early terminations. If you are denied access into any prison or your visit is terminated early because of overcrowding or any other reason, you will be responsible for transporting yourself to a safe location until the scheduled departure time. The driver is not authorized to return to any institution prior to the scheduled departure time. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR VISITS THAT ARE TERMINATED EARLY.
*SCI - PICK-UP / DROP-OFF LOCATIONS click here for pick-up time/location
- Broad Street & Olney Avenue (in front of the Philly Pretzel Factory)
- Broad Street & Erie Avenue (in front of the Church's Chicken)
- 30th & Market Streets (in front of the Slainte Pub & Grill)
Passenger seating is limited. If you do not have a reservation, you will not be allowed access onto the van. Adults with accompanying children are expected to occupy the seat beside their children. Passengers must occupy the same seat going and returning from the prison.
Pennsylvania state law requires that children under 8 years of age must ride in a federally approved car seat or booster that is appropriate for the child's age, height and weight. Pennsylvania law further requires that children ages 8 years to 18 years use a seatbelt whenever they are in a vehicle, regardless of seating position.
Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to travel without the appropriate car seat. We have car seats available for use. Please be sure to specify if you'll need to use one of our car seats for traveling purposes.
You may cancel your reservation for any reason, however; in order to receive a full refund, you MUST cancel three (3) days prior to your scheduled trip date by calling our office at 267-574-6161. If you do not cancel three (3) days prior to your trip, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND. NO EXCEPTIONS!
If for any reason, we cancel your trip, you will receive notice from one of our representatives. At that time, you can either reschedule or request a refund. Trips with less than seven (7) passengers may be canceled.
PLEASE NOTE: Payments received are NON-REFUNDABLE unless they meet the criteria of the cancellation policy.
We will not tolerate disorderly conduct under any circumstance. The following are basis for refusal of future service and removal from the vehicle by the driver or proper authorities:
· Foul or abusive language,
· Endangering yourself or other passengers,
· Any other behavior deemed disruptive.
In event of any of the cases stated above, and your are removed fromt the vehicle, it will be your sole responsibility to obtain alternate transportation and your reservation will be deemed terminated. Refunds will not be issued.
ILLEGAL DRUGS / SMUGGLING
The safety and well-being of our passengers is our main concern. BTS fully cooperates with routine and random drug inspections of our vehicles.
If ANY passenger is found with drugs or drug paraphernalia on one’s person, they will be arrested and detained at the institution. If any drugs or drug paraphernalia are found inside/outside the van, EVERYONE will be denied entrance into the institution, so exercise sound judgment and be cognizant of other passengers.
PLEASE NOTE: If BTS is denied access due to failure of a drug search, we will NOT issue refunds to any passengers. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Again, we ask that you please be cognizant of your conduct and its effect on everyone as a whole.
BTS will cease all services due to inclement weather or if a State of Emergency is declared. Upon the state declaration of a weather emergency, including prohibition of vehicles on highways, we will inform you of trip cancellations. We will also mail you a travel voucher redeemable on your next, reserved trip.
*SCI - ATTIRE
In order to gain access of visitation, you are required to comply with the PA Dept of Corrections dress code policy. For more information on the Handbook of Families and Friends of PA DOC Inmates, visit their website at www.cor.state.pa.us
If you are denied access for visitation, you will be responsible for transporting yourself to a safe location until the scheduled pick-up time. The driver is not authorized to return to any institution prior to the scheduled departure time.
SMOKING, EATING & DRINKING
Smoking is prohibited on our vehicles. Light snacks and beverages may be consumed, but we ask that you remove your trash before exiting the vehicle. Alcoholic beverage consumption is NOT allowed under any circumstance.