SEPTA announces bus route changes for papal visit, still has regional rail passes available

SEPTA has revealed plans for its bus routes for the Sept. 26-27 papal weekend, which will see increased, weekday-level service on some routes, truncated routes, and some lines suspended altogether. For up-to-date service and fare information, SEPTA has a special papal visit page on its website, here.

SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey also noted that about 240,000 papal visit passes are still available for its regional rail lines.

SEPTA has sold 110,000 one-day regional rail passes to date: 50,000 for Sept. 26 and 60,000 for Sept. 27. SEPTA made 175,000 passes available for each day. Regional rail trains will run express services from 18 select stations over the weekend. Riders will need a special papal pass to ride the regional rail that weekend; regular fares will not be accepted.

SEPTA had created a lottery for the regional rail passes, expecting huge demand after an initial attempt to sell them online ended with a crashed website unable to handle the amount of traffic the sale generated early on. But that lottery was undersubscribed, leaving thousands of passes still available.

Those passes are available for purchase at those stations, or a station nearby in the case of stations that do not have ticket counters. Ticket sale locations and other information are available on SEPTA’s website, here.

SEPTA is also selling special passes for the Norristown High Speed Line and the 101 and 102 trollies. Like the regional rail, these passes were initially offered via a lottery, which was undersubscribed. NHSL and 101/102 Route passes are available for purchase at 69th Street Station.

Inside the city, many bus routes are being suspended or detoured due to the traffic box, which has been rechristened the “Francis Festival Grounds.” Twenty-eight city and suburban routes are suspended for the weekend, plus the 10 trolley. Those routes are listed below.

Additionally, a number of routes will operate with regular weekend schedules, meaning increased frequency compared to a usual weekend, as will Trolley Routes 11, 13, 14, 15, 34 and 36.

Notably, southbound Routes 2, 33, 23 and 47 will truncate at Broad and Cecil B. Moore Streets, allowing passengers to then transfer to the Broad Street Line to continue further on to the Walnut-Locust street station.

SEPTA bus service during papal visit

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