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Thousands of $44 Pope Visit Parking Spots Remain on Camden Waterfront

In South Jersey, several security command centers are now live to keep people safe as they travel through Camden County to Philadelphia for the Pope’s visit. NBC10’s Drew Smith reports that not as many people signed up to park along the Camden Waterfront nor bought PATCO papal passes as there is room for. (Published Friday, Sept. 25, 2015)

Limited parking along the Camden Waterfront for the papal visit turned out to not be so limited after all.

That’s because only 275 of the 8,500 available spots were pre-purchased online.

Gatewaytothepope.com offered spots at $43.78 per car/per day. After parking, pilgrims would need to either walk about 3-mile walk (uphill) over the Ben Franklin Bridge or pay extra to take the RiverLink Ferry or PATCO -- which only sold 20 percent of its Pope Passes -- then walk from the drop off locations to the Parkway or Independence Hall.

The parking website lists driving directions – since major roads like the Admiral Wilson Boulevard and I-676 will be closed – for people to get to the parking lots if they still want to get in on the ample parking that remains available.

Camden officials said people can show up Saturday and/or Sunday and pay for parking on the spot.

Organizers didn’t immediately offer papal visit waterfront parking in lots usually used for concerts and other events in Camden because the spaces were set to be used by charter buses but instead those buses will be utilizing the vast lots at Philadelphia’s Stadium Complex.

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