Transit returning to normal after papal visit

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Yoga practitioners gather at Race Street Pier. The Saturday morning gathering has been seasonally active for four years.

Major highways that had been closed during the weekend papal visit have reopened to vehicles.

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Interstates 76 and 676 are now open. The roads are open in both directions.

The Vine Street Expressway (676) had been closed between interstates 76 and 95, while the Schuylkill Expressway (76) was closed between interstates 476 and 95.

Some ramps on those sections of initially remained closed, but officials said the ramps had fully opened by about 8:45 a.m.

The roads had been closed since Friday night.

The so-called "traffic box," a zone in Center City and University City where vehicles not already inside had not been able to enter since Friday evening, was also fully open Monday morning.

Public transit was also returning to normal for commuters.

On SEPTA, Regional Rail trains were running on Saturday timetables, with a few schedule adjustments. The transit agency said trains were seeing delays due to a heavy passenger load.

Suburban Station, which had been closed during Pope Francis' Philadelphia trip, has reopened.

Regular weekday service is in place on subway, trolley and bus lines, though some bus routes that operate near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are still being detoured. Some road closures in the Parkway area will last throughout the week.

PATCO and N.J. Transit are also back to normal operations.