Coming Home From Philly to NJ Saturday? What You Need to Know
Manny Smith, a spokesman for SEPTA, which brought riders into Jefferson Station on the West Trenton line from the Woodbourne Station and from three stations on the Trenton line to 30th Street Station, said "we don't want people to linger in Center City for too long" as SEPTA's last trains will leave Philadelphia at 12:30 a.m.
Riders also have to remember to get the train at the same stations they came into.
Smith said with three different events on Saturday afternoon and evening — the Pope's speech at Independence Mall, the World Meeting of Families concert and a fireworks display — "instead of having one big break period we anticipate we may get those people spread out in 3 waves."
Amtrak, which is running special trains between Philadelphia and Metropark with limited stops for for the papal visit, suggests allowing extra time and to be patient.
"Bring your photo ID," says Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz, adding "if you see something(suspicious), say something."
"The ride went very smoothly today toward Philly for the Papal events and we anticipate the same following the WMF events this evening," wrote Jennifer Nelson, NJ Transit's director of media relations, in an email. "We are ready for tomorrow and anticipate meeting ridership needs with the plans we have in place."
PATCO will depart 9/10th Street at Locust every 10 minutes and make all scheduled stops at Broadway, Ferry Ave, Woodcrest, and Lindenwold. The last train leaves at 3:40 a.m.
Customer service representatives positioned at most stations to direct riders.
All the rail agencies expect heavier volume on Sunday for the final day of the Pope's visit. NJ Transit warns that riders should expect long waits of several hours after Sunday's papal Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway which is expected to draw over a million people.
Many people will also be walking home across the Ben Franklin Bridge to Camden, where authorities have promised a safe corridor for the journey.