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July 23, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will not resume sales this week of special Regional Rail transit passes for the papal visit in September, following the Monday crash of its Web sales site shortly after it went live. The transit agency said Tuesday that it might continue trying to fix its e-commerce site to handle the high demand for the special passes, or it might hire an outside vendor to sell the passes online. SEPTA did not say when sales would resume. "An analysis of the activity yesterday shows that 54,000 customers visited the e-commerce site within the first minute after the site was launched," SEPTA said in a statement Tuesday.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IF YESTERDAY'S botched online sale of SEPTA regional-rail passes for the papal visit is any indication of what's in store when it comes to transportation during Pope Francis' visit in September - heaven help us. SEPTA's papal-pass site, which went live at 9 a.m., crashed almost immediately due to high volume. By 10:40 a.m., SEPTA officials had shut down the site and put the sale on hold. Sales will not resume today, but SEPTA is expected to announce today when sales will reopen.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA suspended its online sales of train passes for September's papal visit shortly after they began Monday morning, because demand to buy them overwhelmed the transit agency's website capacity. SEPTA will announce Tuesday its plans for resuming sales at www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly . It will provide a 24-hour notice before trying to restart online sales, the agency said. Most papal Regional Rail passes remain unsold, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Monday. "The majority of the passes are still there.
NEWS
July 17, 2015
SEPTA IS PLANNING to sell special one-day passes at $10 for Regional Rail travel during the papal visit in September. According to a press release by SEPTA, this is being done to "keep crowd control numbers consistent with the capacity that will be available on trains. " I commend SEPTA for their proactive approach that will have an effect on the safety of Philadelphia citizens as well the tourists planning to attend this historical event. However, in the process SEPTA has not taken into consideration those who keep SEPTA in operation: daily riders.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will start selling one-day Regional Rail passes for the papal visit Monday at $10 each, with sales limited to 10 per purchase and available only online. SEPTA officials said 175,000 passes will be sold for each day of the visit by Pope Francis, Sept. 26 and 27. For non-rail passengers, three-day papal passes for subways, trolleys, and buses will go on sale online on July 27. SEPTA will sell 750,000 of those passes, good for Sept. 26 through 28. On subways, trolleys, and buses, customers can also use tokens, and regular weekly and monthly passes.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS is a man who likes to walk among the people, and those who are planning to see the pope in Philadelphia this September should be prepared to walk as well. Today marks 100 days until Pope Francis' visit and in advance of his trip, officials held a news conference at City Hall yesterday to give preliminary information about transportation during the papal visit. The one big takeaway: Unless you're in the Popemobile, don't try to drive in or around Center City on Sept.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To cope with the unprecedented crowds anticipated for Pope Francis' visit in September, SEPTA plans to double its rail and subway capacity, limit train stops, and carry only Regional Rail passengers who purchased special passes in advance. Officials of SEPTA, Amtrak, PATCO, and other agencies joined Mayor Nutter at City Hall on Tuesday to outline transportation plans for the papal visit and the World Meeting of Families. As many as two million people are expected to jam the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see the pope at a Saturday festival and again at a Sunday Mass on Sept.
REAL_ESTATE
June 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
At last count, there were a zillion Internet sites catering to apartment dwellers, of which Apartment List's is neither the greatest nor the least. All these sites conduct surveys. Most are silly, and so forgettable that I cannot even offer you an example. I'm not going to forget the latest survey at Apartmentlist.com, however, because of how Philadelphia appears to be perceived by renters here: 18,000 were surveyed nationally; a local number was not provided. The bottom line: Renters gave Philadelphia a C-minus for city satisfaction, ranking it 80th of 100 cities surveyed.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA on Friday celebrated an accomplishment that took 15 years, cost about $50 million, and is virtually invisible to its Regional Rail passengers. Crews installed a plaqueonthe overhead catenary wires by the Wallingford station marking the installation of 150 miles of new wiring to reduce train delays and improve performance. Catenary wires provide electric power to run Regional Rail trains over the system's 280 miles of track. Friday was a rare chance for SEPTA workers like lineman first class Bernie Shine, 49, of Collingswood, to bask in the limelight.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christmas came early for SEPTA on Thursday. The transit agency's board of directors authorized nearly $300 million in vehicle purchases and construction projects. Also, it approved a $1.36 billion operating budget and $535 million capital budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Separately, the board approved a new advertising policy to prohibit political ads, following a federal court ruling earlier this year that required SEPTA to accept bus ads featuring Adolf Hitler.
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