Lottery starts for rail passes for papal visit

Pope Francis says he plans to speak at the United Nations during his three-city trip to the U.S. in September.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An online lottery for special rail passes to be used by commuters during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia has started.

Monday's one-day lottery for passes on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's regional rail system is available until midnight so there is no need to rush to the link posted on the transit system's website.

Entrants will be able to choose travel dates - Sept. 26, Sept. 27 or both - and then enter up to three preferred outlying regional rail stations and pick travel times from those stations.

Each person selected in the lottery will be able to buy 10 of the $10 one-day tickets for each day. After the lucky entrants are notified, they will have three days to purchase the passes or another entry will be selected.

Overwhelming demand forced a halt to ticket sales last week.

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