PATCO Will Begin Selling Papal Visit Passes Monday

As with SEPTA, riders who wish to see Pope Francis will have to purchase a special pass.

SEPTA isn’t the only public transit agency tightening up its transit plan for Pope Francis’ visit in September.

PATCO, the light rail line between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, will on Monday begin selling special train passes for the events, CBS Philly reports. The transit agency will issue select Freedom passes at their Broadway station and on their website. Without these specific fare cards, PATCO riders will not be allowed to board trains on September 26th or 27th, the article said.

A one-day train card will be sold for five dollars, and for anyone age 5 and older, a two-day pass will cost 10 dollars. PATCO has set a limit of 10 passes per purchase, and only one per customer. Regular PATCO commuters who already own a Freedom card can use it to pay a flat $2.50 fee per one-way ride, but no regular paper tickets will be admitted.

Also similar to SEPTA, PATCO is only operating trains non-stop out of certain stations that weekend. Passengers can board from stations at Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Ave., and Broadway, and trains will run every 16 minutes. All passengers to and from Philadelphia will get off at the 9th/10th and Locust Street station, near the Thomas Jefferson hospitals.

The special cards will be non-refundable and will only work beginning on September 26th. The absolute deadline to purchase a special Freedom pass is set for Tuesday, September 1st.

All current and upcoming information regarding PATCO service during Pope Francis’ visit can be found at the agency’s website.