Here’s What the SEPTA “Pope Pass” Will Look Like
UPDATE [7/20/2015]: The passes are on sale now. Here’s everything you need to know to get one.
ORIGINAL: We knew that SEPTA was going to issue a special “pope pass” for regional rail riders to get around town the weekend of the pope’s visit to Philadelphia in late September. Now we know what it will look like.
SEPTA provided the above mockup to Philly Mag — a design that meshes the Liberty Bell with a cross, above a “World Meeting of Families” logo against a silhouetted Center City skyline.
As we’ve reported, passes go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 20th.
Everyone who plans on riding Regional Rail into Center City to see the pope — estimated at 180,000 customers each day — must buy one of these passes in order to board a Regional Rail train at one of the 18 Regional Rail stations that will be open. (The map of stations and their connections that will be open that weekend is to your left.)
The one-day papal passes will be available online only at a special website set up for the purpose. When passengers purchase a pass, they must indicate which boarding time block and station they want. The time and station will be printed on the back of the pass.
Special three-day Papal Visit Passes, valid for travel on all subways, buses, and trolleys between September 26th and 28th, will be available from the same site starting Monday, July 27th. Riders may also use tokens, transfers, and weekly and monthly passes for travel on these modes.
Meanwhile, PATCO will begin selling its own passes for the papal visit on Monday. See this story for details.