Mayor Michael Nutter's latest briefing on next month's papal visit addressed the impact of Pope Francis' trip to Philadelphia on residents, particularly those who live in and near security zones. About 7 percent of the city's population lives within the so-called "traffic box" that cars won't be able to enter after the evening of Friday, Sept. 25. Here are seven key points from Thursday's briefing:
1. Papal playbook: A "papal visit playbook" will be launching Monday afternoon to provide a centralized resource for residents about the papal visit. The playbook will be available at worldmeeting2015.org/papalplaybook starting at noon, and will detail logistical information and ways to be involved in the event, such as special exhibits opening at area cultural institutions.
2. Trash pickup: Trash will not be picked up in the city on Friday, Sept. 25, and Monday, Sept. 28, but will now be picked up on Thursday, Sept. 24. Residents with Friday or Monday pickups should hold their trash until the following week. However, the city's five trash convenience centers will have extended hours from Sept. 24 through Oct. 3. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and people can drop off up to 24 bags of trash and unlimited amounts of recycling.
3. Driving in the traffic box: Nutter reiterated that while driving is permitted for cars that are within the roughly 4-square-mile "traffic box" when it closes, it isn't recommended, due to the large number of pedestrians expected. Taxis will be able to drive into the traffic box until 2 a.m. Saturday, and again starting at 3 a.m. Monday. There will be 27 ADA taxis, but as of now, no type of shuttle service is planned for within the box.
4. Traffic box amenities: The city is developing a map to point out hospitals, places of worship and other places and amenities located within the traffic box. There are more than 330 places to get food within the box, Nutter said.
5. SEPTA in Center City: Some SEPTA service in Center City will be disrupted starting Thursday evening as the Secret Service begins to set up security barriers. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Sept. 24, Regional Rail trains will be on a weekend schedule and won't stop at Suburban Station. Subways and trolleys will not stop at the 15th Street or City Hall stations starting at that time. That continues through the end of the day Friday, and limited, express-style service will be in place Saturday and Sunday.
6. Extended 311 hours: From Thursday, Sept. 24, through Monday, Sept. 28, the city's 311 hotline will be operating 24/7.
7. Residents in the red zone: The Secret Service is working with building owners to let people who live in the "red" security zones immediately surrounding papal events know how access to their homes will be affected.