Papal Pilgrims Overwhelm Philadelphia Transit Ticket System

Philadelphia's transit system on Monday suspended sales of rail passes for Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the city after visitors eager to snap up train tickets overwhelmed its online ordering system. City officials have already warned that with an estimated 2 million people expected to travel into the city for an open-air Mass in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art in September, Philadelphia's roads and railways are likely to overwhelmed. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which operates the region's transit system, opened sales at 9 a.m. local time on Monday for the 175,000 rail tickets to be available on each day of the pope's Sept. 26-27 visit to the city, but said its website was quickly overwhelmed by some 900,000 visits in about ten minutes.