- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The transportation focus in New Jersey for Pope Francis’ final day in Philadelphia will soon turn to getting back home. The pontiff was due to celebrate a large open air mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway that will be attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Here’s a quick guide:



The Mass, the biggest event of Pope Francis’s visit, was set for 4 p.m. Earlier Sunday, Francis met with Bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, telling them he met with a group of survivors of clerical sex abuse and promised to hold accountable those responsible. He also visited a jail, the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, and made a visit to Saint Joseph’s University to bless a statue honoring the relationship between Catholics and Jews.



Transportation officials warned anyone who doesn’t have to drive within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia to stay put. For those going to see the pope by car, 8,500 parking spaces were made available in Camden. Parking placards had to be purchased online in advance and overnight parking was prohibited.

From Camden, visitors can cross into Philadelphia on a ferry that can fit 500 people each hour, on PATCO trains or on foot over the Ben Franklin Bridge, which was closed to traffic. Bicycles are allowed but can’t be ridden on the bridge. Banned items include selfie sticks, hard-sided coolers and anything made of glass.



New Jersey Transit will resume service on its River Line from Camden to Trenton at 5 p.m.

Trains will run every 30 minutes between the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and the Trenton Transit Center until 7 p.m. The frequency will then increase to every 15 minutes to accommodate people returning from the papal Mass in Philadelphia.

When service is restored, papal tickets and all other valid tickets will be accepted, including My Tix and Family Supersaver tickets. NJ Transit says it’s able to resume service early due to light ridership on exclusive papal trains, which have been operating since Saturday morning. It also ensures all River Line equipment will be in proper position for Monday morning, when full service resumes between Trenton and Entertainment Center Station in Camden.

PATCO says its last westbound train to Philadelphia from the Woodcrest station will depart at 4 p.m., followed by trains from Lindenwold at 4:08, Broadway at 4:14 and Ferry Avenue at 4:15.

At that point, all service will be suspended until 5:30 p.m. when trains will only run eastbound toward New Jersey, until 3:40 a.m. Monday.


Camden information: https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/papal-visit-2015

Parking information: https://gatewaytothepope.clickandpark.com

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