The 2019 MDF Annual Conference takes place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, which is located just 30 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport and blocks from City Hall in the City Center. The hotel offers comprehensive services for guests. More hotel information is available here.
The discounted room block for 2019 MDF Annual Conference is expected to fill up quickly! We recommend that you book your room as soon as possible to secure the best rates. Registering for the conference does not reserve your hotel room.
2019 MDF Annual Conference attendees will fly into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Visitors seeking shuttle service and transportation to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel have a variety of options, including taxi service, air train, ride-sharing apps, and public transportation. Looking for other accesible transportation options in Philadelphia? Check out AccesibleGo.
Airport Regional Rail Line Service
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, SEPTA, provides train service between Center City and the Airport on the Airport Regional Rail Line. Trains run every 30 minutes and operate from 4:52 am to 11:52 pm (Center City to Airport) and from 5:07 am to 12:30 am (Airport to Center City). The fare from the airport to Center City is $6.75 per passenger. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is only a few blocks from Jefferson Station.
All Philadelphia taxis operate with a $28.50 flat rate to the Philadelphia Center City area with a $1 extra charge for each additional passenger over the age of 12. Cab companies and their phone numbers can be found on the Philadelphia Airport website.
215-Get-A-Cab has vans that are wheelchair-accessible. Visit their website or call them in advance to book one: 215-438-2222.
The cost for a private ride from Philadelphia International Airport to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel using ride-sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft can range from $15.00 to $30.00. Your Uber/Lyft will meet you curbside outside of baggage claim on the Arrivals Road in the outer lanes. Follow the signs for "Ground Transportation" or consult an airport employee for more detailed directions.
Uber/Lyft have added over 70 wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) to their fleet since 2017. You can request an UberWAV at the same price as an UberX and the car will come with a rear-entry ramp and seats for 4 additional passengers. If you prefer to get a WAV via Lyft, make sure to change your Service Settings to "Access" before requesting a ride.
Directions from Airport to Hotel
If you decide to rent a car, the directions to the hotel are as follows: Get on I-95 North from either Departures Road or Garage Access Road. After 8.5 miles (about 10 min) use the left 2 lanes to take exit 22 toward US-30 East/Independance Hall. Merge onto Callowhill Street and then use the 2 left lands to turn left onto North 6th Avenue. Continue for about 4 blocks (0.3 miles), then turn right onto Market Street. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel will be on the left. Parking at the hotel is valet-only and costs $49 per night. You can find alternative parking options and garages nearby.
Childcare is not available through MDF at the conference. Please make all necessary arrangements before you arrive so that you can take advantage of all that the conference has to offer. Contact Care.com for information on local caregivers and availability. You may also inquire at Child Care Information Services of Philadelphia if you prefer to use a local service. MDF members traveling with young children can also visit the MDF Facebook page to solicit interest in sharing childcare with other conference attendees.