No more tows

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MATT ROURKE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

From special train passes sold to hotel rooms booked, you can now add total cars towed to the list of numbers coming in below expectation for Pope Weekend in Philadelphia.

591 cars were towed in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, well below the approximately 1,500 the city was prepared to relocate in an operation that began Sunday night.

“No more tows, no more relocations. We’re done,” said Philadelphia Parking Authority spokesman Marty O’Rourke Friday afternoon. “Safe for the Pope to come into Philadelphia now.”

O’Rourke attributed the low towing numbers to the massive communication effort put on by the city to let residents know to move their cars.

The restricted area included about 6,000 parking spaces – that means Philadelphians’ compliance rate was an impressive 90 percent.