Word goes out to lottery winners for special train passes for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

Associated Press

Word is going out to the winners of a lottery for special train passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Thursday is notifying those who requested a total of 328,045 passes. They will have three days to complete the purchase, or someone else will be selected.

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The agency is capping ridership at 175,000 for each day of Francis' Sept. 26-27 visit.

About 20,000 of the commuter rail tickets remain unsold.

Overwhelming demand last week crashed a SEPTA website and forced a halt to ticket sales.

SEPTA is limiting service during the papal visit to select stations.