Rally Bus, a crowd-powered technology platform that brings people together to enjoy trips to popular destinations and events on high-end buses, will be providing extensive transportation services for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families, which marks his inaugural trip as Pontiff to the U.S.
The Papal visit to the city 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.
“Given the sheer numbers of predicted visitors to Philadelphia and dire warnings of traffic gridlock and congestion from Mayor Nutter and other officials, we are potentially looking at one of the greatest opportunities ever for buses both as a preferred travel option and in terms of overall demand,” said Numaan Akram, founder/CEO of Rally Bus. “In the coming weeks, we will be working closely with local dioceses around the country to get the word out about Rally Bus as an easy, hassle free way to get to and from this historic event.”
Akram noted that Rally Bus is also offering transportation services for the diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., to a post-Synod pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. in October.
Those wishing to book travel go online to RallyBus.net or download the Rally Bus app for iOS, Android and Windows. Once a reservation is made, the passenger can share trips and invite friends through all social platforms to help ensure that a sufficient number of reservations are reached, which confirms a bus to be ordered according to Rally Bus’ tipping-point model.
The Papal visit will include stops in New York and Washington, D.C., both of which Rally Bus will support with transportation services.