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Levittown has just declared a state of emergency so they're prepared in case the pope's visit causes chaos.  I wonder if RP should do the same?  I'm picturing tons of people swarming the two train stations & causing all sorts of problems.  Has anything been said at council meetings?

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Comment by Linda Shockley on July 29, 2015 at 6:02pm

I plan to be somewhere else on that weekend.  Who needs the aggro?  I know RP probably thinks it won't affect us but just in case it does.

Comment by Howard McCoy on July 29, 2015 at 11:52am

As a non-Catholic I fully appreciate the Pope's visit to Philly is a HUGE event for everyone; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  Many of the Catholics I know are hosting their families from out of town and/or their taking in house guests from other parish's outside Pennsylvania.

Media Police are expecting more than 10,000 people to use their small commuter rail station.  According to the State Police, local communities who make emergency declarations allow the local officials more authority. In a declared emergency, local governments can close streets, redirect traffic on state roads, establish parking areas, and manage traffic and pedestrians in ways that are beneficial to the public's general safety.

Some 1.5 million people expected to descend on the Philadelphia area for a two-day visit by Pope Francis in September 26 and 27. The pontiff's visit to Philadelphia marks the end of the World Meeting of Families.

World Meeting of Families 2015 has a plethora of good information about everything Philly during the celebration: where to stay, how to visit Philly, mass transit, activities, places of worship, and where to dine.

Philly.com says SEPTA will use a one-day online lottery to sell Reg... SEPTA hopes a lottery system will avoid the stampede that overwhelmed and shut down SEPTA's website last week.  The SEPTA plan is to sell 175,000 one-day rail passes for $10 each day.  The 44,750 passengers who use SEPTA's rail lines on Saturday and Sunday to commute to work will also be required to obtain a "special SEPTA papal pass" to board a regional train. 

During the Papal visit SEPTA is doubling capacity by modifying Regional Rail operations.  A total of just 18 outlying Regional Rail stations will be in operation – compared to the nearly 150 stations that are normally open. SEPTA to run express type pick up service to the events in Center City, with similar return service back to the same outlying stations afterwards. Here areSEPTA's Regional Rail lines and outlying stations that will be in o..., listed by their Center City drop

Jefferson Station
 - Norristown/Manayunk Line: Norristown Transportation Center
 - Lansdale/Doylestown Line: Pennbrook and Fort Washington Stations
 - Warminster Line: Warminster Station
 - West Trenton Line: Woodbourne Station
 - Fox Chase Line: Fox Chase Station
 - Airport Line: Terminal A/B, Terminal C/D

30 th Street Station
 - Paoli/Thorndale Line:  Paoli and Radnor Stations
 - Chesnut Hill West Line:  Chestnut Hill West Station
 - Trenton Line: Levittown and Croydon/Cornwells Heights Stations
 - Wilmington /Newark Line:  Wilmington and Marcus Hook Stations

University City Station
 - Airport Line: Eastwick Station
 - Media/Elwyn Line: Media and Primos Stations

Comment by Linda Shockley on July 28, 2015 at 4:12pm

Good. I wonder if anyone here is thinking of renting their room to a visitor?

Comment by Theresa borio on July 28, 2015 at 1:38pm

no stops at Ridley park or Morton. nearest are Media and Primos.  Or marcus hook

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