SEPTA: Trains now running, but don't rush

SEPTA riders wait in corrals to enter Jefferson Station shortly after the papal parade around City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, on the Pope's first day in the city. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

SEPTA's outgoing trains began operating on schedule, at 5:30 p.m. 

But with some 33,000 expected to line up at only two regional rail stations, SEPTA says passengers "might want to consider a short delay, to stop for dinner, dessert or snack at many of the businesses before proceeding to stations."

Businesses, no doubt, would second that advice.

For regional rail, passengers must return to the same station where they were dropped off (Jefferson, 30th Street or University City.  Suburban Station remains closed).  Signs and ropes cordon the waiting areas for each line, and passengers will be allowed into the station and straight onto the train when it arrives.  

And the wait to board trains begins....

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For the Broad Street Line, passengers can board at Spring Garden or Walnut/Locust.  They will also queue at street level.  Buses have also been brought in as an alternative to shuttle passengers to AT&T Station.

For the Market Frankford Line, passengers may board at 30th street or 8th street.  

For more on traffic projections, read our previous coverage: All signs point to bigger transit crush, longer waits tonight

Also, for those who will be driving from some point (outside the traffic box, obviously), the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after a crash closed the westbound lanes at Valley Forge Interchange.  But Interstate 76, Route 676, and City Avenue remain closed.