SEPTA opens lottery for papal visit tickets
A website opened at midnight to enter a lottery for the opportunity to purchase train tickets for the Pope's visit to Philadelphia without incident.
The website will remain open until midnight on Monday for the special one and two-day passes. The passes will be available for use only at the 18 stations that SEPTA will operate on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 during Pope Francis' visit. The passes sell for $10 each, plus a shipping fee of $1.95.
6 ABC reports that as of late Monday morning lottery applications have been less than expected. "There may be a possibility that everybody who enters gets a pass," spokesperson Jerri Williams said.
SEPTA says all who enter the lottery will have an equal chance of winning regardless of the time of day that they enter. Entrants may purchase up to 10 passes for the station they have selected. The first round of winners will be selected by a random drawing and notified by email on Thursday with a special link to purchase their tickets. Winners will have between August 6 and August 9 to make the purchase.
The West Trenton line will offer service from the Woodbourne station while the Trenton line will have service available from Conrwells Heights, Croydon and Levittown.
The lottery is SEPTA's second attempt to sell the papal visit tickets. The transit agency's website crashed after receiving about 900,000 visits when online sales began on July 20. According to SEPTA, approximately 1,700 transactions were attempted per second.
- Lottery registration begins for SEPTA's papal visit passes / 6 ABC
- Signup for chance at those SEPTA rail passes during papal visit starts 12:01 a.m. Monday / Philly.com