Photos: Mass Exodus After Pope Francis’s Parkway Mass
Following Pope Francis’s massive Mass on the parkway, a whole lot of people have found themselves making their way home, or to their hotels, or AirBnBs, or couch stays and the like. Jeff Fusco captured the scene at Broad and Walnut, and reports that crowds at Broad and Spring Garden station were also large. Bradley Maule caught the crowds at 30th Street Station.
SEPTA has some helpful tips for the commute home, but first suggest: Perhaps you might grab a bite because you may be waiting a while otherwise:
SEPTA is now operating rail service to outbound destinations from Center City. Some points to remember for crowds traveling from Center City:
Regional Rail: For return service passengers should get on at the same stations they were dropped off at during in the morning (Jefferson Station, 30th Street Station, and University City Station).
Broad Street Line: Passengers can board trains at Spring Garden & Walnut-Locust Stations. Passengers will be asked to queue in lines on the street level before entering the stations. If lines become too long, SEPTA is prepared to supplement service from Walnut-Locust with shuttle buses to AT&T Station.
Market Frankford Line: Passengers can board trains at 30th Street and 8th Street Stations. SEPTA will keep 8th Street Station open until the end of service.
Additionally, to avoid peak congestion and lines at stations, participants leaving from Papal events on the Parkway may want to consider a short delay, to stop for dinner, dessert, or snack at many of the businesses before proceeding to stations.