Topic : Pope Francis

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How Transit Was Key to Moving the Masses During Papal Visit

| October 21, 2015

In case you missed it, Pope Francis visited America — and was followed by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims during his stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. It’s fitting, given Pope Francis’ penchant for public transportation, that transit played a key role in taking the masses to papal visit activities.

SEPTA Looks to Past Experience to Develop Papal Visit Service Plan

Management & Operations| October 5, 2015

Over a year of planning by SEPTA was put into action during the Papal Visit. Initial estimates of 1.5 million attendees — up to 800,000 of which were expected to utilize SEPTA — prompted the authority and its partner agencies to craft a comprehensive transportation plan.

Motorcoach| September 24, 2015

MCI to provide service, host hospitality tent for Philadelphia Papal visit

Drivers are invited to stop by the MCI hospitality tent for complimentary coffee and donuts, with opportunities to learn about MCI pre-owned coach inventory, parts specials, training on engine regeneration and wheelchair lifts, and more.

September 23, 2015

A (Ticket) Leap of Faith for Papal Rail Passes

Typically, when riding the rails in the Philadelphia region, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority customers can purchase daily, weekly or monthly passes — even onboard tickets — for their journeys. But the weekend of Sept. 26 to 27 will be far from a typical weekend in Philadelphia — Pope Francis will be in town, along with an estimated 1.5 to two million people attending public events along the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Management & Operations| September 22, 2015

D.C. Metro releases travel tips video for Pope Francis' visit

The English and Spanish videos offer travel tips, recommend alternate travel options to consider and detail where crowding and delays are expected near Papal events.

Management & Operations| September 11, 2015

N.Y. MTA, Port Authority adding services for Papal visit

Pope Francis will arrive in New York on Thursday, Sept. 24, and will have a full schedule of events across the city on Friday, Sept. 25, including afternoon Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Motorcoach| June 30, 2015

Rally Bus to offer travel for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

The Papal visit to the city in September culminates in the Pope’s celebration of Sunday mass for an estimated two million visitors on Ben Franklin Parkway, one of the largest public gatherings that Philadelphia has ever had.

Rail| June 17, 2015

Mayor, transit officials discuss plans for Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia

With as many as two million people expected to hit the city during the event, Mayor Nutter said Philadelphians should be prepared to walk a few miles or more, since private vehicles will not be a viable option and public transportation routes and schedules will be altered for efficiency and capacity purposes.

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