SEPTA Lottery Registration Going Smoothly

Want to ride regional rail during pope's visit? Today's your only chance to sign up.

SEPTA POPE PASS

So far, so good.

Registration began at 12:01 a.m. today for people who want passes to ride regional rail the weekend of the pope’s visit. Registration will end at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

“The lottery got off without major hitches,” NBC 10 reported, and added: “An analysis of the activity Monday showed 54,000 customers visited the e-commerce site within the first minute after it was launched, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.”

SEPTA expects to sell 175,000 of the $10 passes for each day of the pope’s two-day visit

Registration, of course, is just the first step. A lottery will be held, selecting winners from the registrants. On Thursday, winners will have an email telling them they won; they’ll have through Aug. 9 to complete the purchase online.

If you’re not a winner? You’ll have to find other ways to travel that weekend. “EVERYONE using Regional Rail during the Papal Visit Weekend, including Children over the age of 5 must have a Special One Day Regional Rail Pass purchased through the Lottery,” SEPTA says on its website. “No other SEPTA fares — tickets, weekly, monthly or Independence Passes, or cash — will be accepted.”

For more information, check out SEPTA’s special website for the papal visit.