Pope Traffic and Transit: What You Need to Know for Friday
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6 p.m.: Francis Festival Zone traffic restrictions and road closures go into effect in Center City and adjacent areas east of the Schuylkill. If you drive your car outside of the fetival zone after this time, you won’t be able to drive it back until the morning of Monday, September 28.
6 p.m.: As per SEPTA, if your car is parked at a Regional Rail station that is open this weekend, it MUST BE REMOVED by 6 p.m. tonight to avoid being towed.
10 p.m.: Francis Festival traffic restrictions and road closures go into effect in University City. If you drive your car outside the festival zone after this time, you won’t be able to drive it back in until the morning of Monday, September 28.
The roads and bridges that will close tonight at 10 p.m.:
- Benjamin Franklin Bridge
- Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) eastbound from I-476 to I-95
- I-76 westbound from I-95 to US Route 1 (Roosevelt Blvd/City Ave)
- Vine Street Expressway (I-676) in both directions from I-95 to I-76
- City Avenue (US Route 1) in both directions from Belmont Avenue to Lancaster Avenue (US Route 30) because Pope Francis is staying at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
No SEPTA late-night subway/elevated/trolley service starting tonight.
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