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

Posted on June 17, 2015

Papal visit to Sri Lanka January 2015. Photo: shehan peruma/Flickr
Papal visit to Sri Lanka January 2015. Photo: shehan peruma/Flickr

PHILADELPHIA — Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Amtrak and PATCO joined Mayor Michael Nutter to discuss preliminary plans for when Pope Francis visits the city in late September, the Philly Voice reported.

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.


In an effort to shuttle passengers into Center City as quickly as possible, SEPTA will require rail passengers to board trains from 31 select stations during Pope Francis' visit. Center City drop-off locations will be announced later after security plans have been finalized. All other stations will be closed. For the full story, click here.


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