- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia-area transit system won’t resume sales this week of rail passes to be used during the visit of Pope Francis to the city in September.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said overwhelming customer demand on Monday forced a halt to the online sales.

Spokesman Andrew Busch said Tuesday that officials have been working with consultants but are still considering the best options to address high demand and heavy online volume.

He said officials are considering trying to improve the e-commerce site, but they may also get an outside vendor to sell the passes.

Busch said 54,000 customers visited the site in the first minute after it was launched - so officials know that the 175,000 passes for each day September 26th and September 27th will go quickly.

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