Amtrak adds extra trains during Pope Francis’ US visit

Amtrak says it’s adding extra trains and cars to help travelers get around during Pope Francis’ U.S. visit next month.

The rail carrier says it’ll add 12 extra trains to and from Philadelphia when the pontiff is in the city Sept. 26-27. Some trains will use equipment borrowed from regional commuter rail lines.

Amtrak is also suspending maintenance for the weekend and pre-positioning equipment to quickly aid disabled trains.

The system will operate on a normal schedule Sept. 21-25, with extra cars added while Francis is in New York and Washington.

Reservations are required Sept. 25-28 for all Acela, Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains.

Taxis and rental cars won’t be available at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Amtrak says station bathrooms will be closed but outside bathrooms will be available.

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