Complete Pope map: Getting downtown and more
Where Pope Francis will be, which streets are closed, how to get into the city/how to avoid the city
The opportunity to see Pope Francis during his two-day visit to Philadelphia may attract as many as 1.5 million residents and visitors to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27.

The papal visit — seen as the most massive planned event in the city's history — is also prompting federal and local officials to implement unprecedented security measures to control crowds, traffic, and transit.

Those attending the pope's public events will need to plan carefully. Many highways leading into Philadelphia will be closed during the papal weekend, and a 4.7-square-mile swath of Center City and West Philadelphia will be off-limits to incoming vehicular traffic.

In addition, the region's transit agencies will run express service to Center City from a limited number of stations, and may require advance purchase of special passes.

Starting today, the World Meeting of Families gets underway with thousands streaming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For more detailed information go to our FAQ. For Philly tourism information, go to our Visitor's Guide.
Highways
Center City Transit
Regional Rail
NHSL/Delco Trolleys
Subways
Trains from NJ
Walking
Highway and road closures
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Closed highway
Traffic box
A traffic box encompasses 4.7 square miles of Center City and West Philadelphia. No incoming vehicular traffic will be allowed in this area beginning the evening of Friday, Sept. 25. Residents will be able to drive their cars within this zone, with some restrictions, but will not be able to reenter with their cars if they leave.
Many major highways leading into Philadelphia will be closed, including:
  • Schuylkill Expressway
  • Vine Street Expressway
  • Benjamin Franklin Bridge (for pedestrian and emergency-vehicle traffic only)
  • I-676 in Camden
  • Admiral Wilson Boulevard (Route 30) in Camden
Center City train stations
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Open transit station
Express destination station
Pope Francis' secure zones
Regional transit agencies will increase capacity but severely limit the number of stations that will remain open during the papal-visit weekend.
The stations shown here will be the only ones remaining open in Center City.
SEPTA Regional Rail: 30th Street, Jefferson, University City.
Broad Street Subway: Spring Garden, Walnut-Locust
Market-Frankford El: 30th Street, 2nd Street
PATCO: 9th-10th and Locust
NJ Transit and Amtrak: 30th Street
For the times that the transit lines open and close this weekend, click on the tabs above.
Selected City Transit buses will operate on a weekday schedule during the papal weekend, but with modified routes that will drop off passengers outside of the traffic box. Changes affect these routes: 3, 5, 6, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 31, 33, 42, 47, 50, 52, 55, 58, 66, and 70. Other routes will be suspended. Click here for more information.
SEPTA Regional Rail
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Open transit station
Closed transit station
SEPTA will only operate from 20 of its 150 Regional Rail stations outside of Center City during the papal weekend. All other stations will be closed. The only fare that will be accepted is a special one-day Regional Rail pass. These passes cost $10 and must be purchased in advance at Jefferson or Suburban stations in Center City or at the 20 outlying stations, except at the Airport stations (purchase at University City, Jefferson, or Suburban stations), Pennbrook (Lansdale), Croydon (Levittown), Woodbourne (Langhorne), and Wilmington (Marcus Hook).
Except at the airport, passengers must choose between two time slots for travel to Center City: 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., or 8:30 a.m. to noon. All lines except the Airport Line will provide only inbound service to Center City during the morning time slots, with express service to either 30th Street Station or Jefferson Station (except for passengers from the Media or Primos stations will arrive at University City).
Return service from Center City begins at 5:30 p.m., with the last trains leaving at 12:30 a.m. Passengers will be required to board at the same station where they arrived in the morning.
The Airport Line will be the only Regional Rail line operating both inbound and outbound service. Passengers arriving on flights can buy a papal pass at airport terminals. Inbound trains stop at Jefferson and University City stations. Other visitors can park at an airport lot, and those with prepurchased papal passes will get priority boarding between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. After 8 a.m., regular weekly and monthly Regional Rail passes will be accepted. All passes must be purchased before boarding the train.
Airport employees and passengers with flights at the airport can board at Jefferson and University City stations.
Norristown High Speed Line and Trolley Routes 101 and 102
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Open transit station
Express destination station
Closed transit station
Norristown High-Speed Line Rt 100
Route 101 & 102 Trolley Lines
SEPTA Market/Frankford El
SEPTA will only operate out of two stations -- Gulf Mills and Villanova -- on the Norristown High Speed Line, as well as two stations on both the Route 101 Trolley (Springfield Mall and Leamy Avenue) and Route 202 Trolley (North Street and Clifton-Aldan).
All trains from these three lines terminate at 69th Street Transportation Center, with free connecting express service on the Market-Frankford El to 30th Street, or local service to select El stations.
All passengers must have a special three-day transit pass. No other types of payment will be accepted. Passes cost $10 and must be purchased in advance at one of the six stations listed above, and are also good for travel on all bus, trolley, and High Speed Line service on Monday, Sept. 27.
All trains will only operate toward Center City from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and toward 69th Street after the papal events conclude.
Subways and Surface Trolleys
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Open transit station
Express destination station
Closed transit station
Broad Street Subway
Market/Frankford El
Trolley Routes 11, 13, 34, 36
SEPTA has revised its special schedule for Pope Francis’ visit on Sept. 26-27 by keeping an additional 11 Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford El stations open, and running trains in both directions from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
On the Broad Street Subway, southbound express trains leave Fern Rock for service to Spring Garden, and local service starts at Olney. Northbound express trains leave AT&T for service to Walnut Locust, with local service starting at Snyder.
On the Market-Frankford El, eastbound express trains leave 69th Street Transportation Center for service to 30th Street, with local service starting at 60th Street. Eastbound express trains leave Frankford for service to 2d Street, with local service starting at Arrott Transportation Center.
Regular fares will apply, and include tokens, regular passes, or a $10 three-day papal transit pass valid for travel between Saturday, Sept. 26, and Monday, Sept. 28. Cash will not be accepted, except for transfer purchases. There will also be no free interchange between the Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford El on Sept. 26-27.
Bicycles will not be permitted on trains on Sept. 26-27.​
Trains from New Jersey
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Open transit station
Express destination station
Closed transit station
PATCO High Speed Line
South Jersey Light Rail
Atlantic City Rail Line
PATCO will provide service westbound to Center City on Sept. 26-27 between four New Jersey stations and 9th/10th and Locust station in Philadelphia. The stations remaining open in New Jersey are Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, and Broadway. The only open station in Philadelphia will be 9th/10th and Locust. The trains will stop at all of the open stations.
Special fares will be in effect. One-day passes for unlimited travel cost $5 and two-day passes are $10. Regular Freedom card riders will pay $2.50 for a one-way fare from all stations. The special passes and Freedom cards must be purchased in advance. No paper tickets will be accepted. Bicycles will not be allowed on trains.
During the papal weekend, trains will travel toward Philadelphia only from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service will be suspended between 4 and 5:30 p.m., with trains departing to New Jersey stations starting at 5:30.
NJ Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line will offer express service from Atlantic City to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, with no other stations remaining open. Trains leave Atlantic City from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Return service to Atlantic City begins at 10 p.m. on Sept. 26, and 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance in Atlantic City or online at njtransit.com/papal. Bicycles will not be allowed on trains.
NJ Transit's River Line light-rail trains will operate out of Trenton starting at 6 a.m., making stops only at Bordentown, Florence, Burlington South, Route 73/Pennsauken, Pennsauken Transit Center and the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden. Return service from Camden will depart on a load-and-go basis. Special rountrip tickets cost $5 and must be purchased in advance at any River Line station. Bicycles will not be allowed on trains.
Walk to the Papal Mass
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Open transit station
Express destination station
0 to 1 mile walk
1 to 2 mile walk
2 to 3 mile walk
3 to 4 mile walk
4 to 5 mile walk
Walking distances from train stations to Eakins Oval, the site of Saturday evening's Festival of Families celebration and Sunday's Mass, should be two miles or less from train stations remaining open in Center City. Distances will vary based on viewing location and the route taken from the train station, which can be longer than usual because of security restrictions.
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic but open to pedestrians during the papal weekend. Bicycles will need to be walked over the bridge.
Countdown to security restrictions
Comprehensive security measures for Pope Francis' visit begin on Sunday, Sept. 20, and will affect transportation, parking, and access throughout the region.
Click on the red bars in the timeline below or the "Next" button for a schedule of when the restrictions go into effect..
Tap on the red bars in the timeline below or the "Next" button for a schedule of when the restrictions go into effect..
Sunday, Sept. 20
Sunday, Sept. 27
Sunday, Sept. 20
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday, Sept. 27
Sunday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Tow zone
Parking restrictions and towing begin with the secure vehicle perimeter in areas around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum extending east to 12th Street.
Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.
Pope Francis' itinerary
Secure vehicle perimeter
Tow zone
Parking restrictions and towing extend to areas north and south of the Parkway.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Tow zone
Parking restrictions and towing extend to the entire secure vehicle perimeter.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Towed streets
Tow zone
Designated emergency routes will be cleared of parked cars.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Tow zone
Towed streets
The event perimeter for the Parkway goes into effect. Only residents, business owners, and authorized people will be allowed inside this zone.
The secure-vehicle perimeter west of 12th Street also goes into effect, banning all traffic and vehicles parked on streets.
Residents within the secure vehicle perimeter who have reserved parking at designated parking authority garages for the papal weekend must move their cars off the street by this time.
Friday, Sept. 25, 6 a.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Open to screened pedestrians
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Tow zone
Towed streets
The Parkway event perimeter east of 20th Street will be open to screened pedestrians. Tickets are not required.
Friday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Open to screened pedestrians
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Authorized vehicles only
Tow zone
Authorized vehicle access roads are closed to non-emergency traffic.
Friday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Open to screened pedestrians
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Authorized vehicles only
Tow zone
Traffic box
The Center City traffic box goes into effect, banning incoming vehicular traffic. Residents within this area but outside of the event or secure-vehicle perimeters can drive their vehicles within this zone, but will not be permitted to reenter with their vehicles if they leave.
Friday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Authorized vehicles only
Closed highways
Traffic box
The event perimeter around Independence Hall goes into effect. Only residents, business owners, and authorized people will be allowed inside this zone.
The secure-vehicle perimeter extends to areas east of 12th Street, banning all traffic and vehicles parked on streets.
The West Philadelphia traffic box goes into effect.
Several major roadways in the region close, including most of the Schuylkill Expressway, the Vine Street Expressway, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and sections of City Avenue. In New Jersey, two major highways leading to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge -- the Admiral Wilson Boulevard and I-676 -- also close.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 a.m.
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Authorized vehicles only
Closed highways
Traffic box
The event perimeters on the Parkway west of 20th Street, and for Independence Hall, will open to ticketed and screened pedestrians.
Sunday, Sept. 27
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Secure vehicle perimeter
Event perimeter
Secure vehicle perimeter in effect
Authorized vehicles only
Closed highways
Traffic box
Pedestrians at Independence Hall and the Parkway secure zone east of Logan Square will no longer be screened. All perimeters will remain in place through Sunday night.
Security
Event perimeters, outlined in red, will use fences and checkpoints to screen visitors with airport-style magnetometers for the pope's appearances on the Parkway and at Independence Hall. No vehicles can be driven or parked on the street inside this zone.
Items banned from the event perimeters include aerosol cans, ammunition, animals other than service/guide animals, backpacks and bags exceeding the size restrictions (18" x 13" x 7"), balloons, bicycles, hard coolers (soft-sided thermal coolers ARE allowed), drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, explosives, firearms or weapons of any kind including toys and replicas, glass, thermal or metal containers, laser pointers, mace/pepper spray, packages, selfie sticks, signs exceeding the size restrictions (5' x 3' x 1/4") made of any material except cardboard, poster board or cloth, structures, supports for signs and placards, and any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard.
A secure-vehicle perimeter, outlined in black on the map, will also ban vehicular traffic and cars parked on the street.
Pope Francis'
itinerary
Traffic box
Closed to
incoming traffic
Secure vehicle perimeter
No parked vehicles; only
designated vehicles
Secure zone
No parked vehicles;
people to be screened
Local roads for
use by emergency
vehicles only
Closed
highways
Open transit
station
Express destination
station
Security entry point
Airport-style screening
In Center City
The map below shows the secure zones surrounding Pope Francis' public appearances in Center City, which zones require tickets, and suggested walking routes leading to security entry points.
Also shown are the locations of 40 Jumbotrons that will broadcast all of Francis' stops throughout Philadelphia, train stations in Center City that are remaining open during the papal weekend, and the route of the pope's motorcade.
Secure zones
Parkway ticket holders only
Parkway general public, Saturday and Sunday
Parkway general public, Saturday only
(no screening on Sunday)
Independence Hall ticket holders only
Security entry points
Parkway ticket holders
Parkway general public
Independence Hall
ticket holders
Suggested walking routes
General
Parkway ticket holders
Parkway general public
Independence Hall
ticket holders
Papal motorcade route
Open transit station
Express destination
station
Jumbotrons
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