NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Transportation officials say anyone attending any of Pope Francis’ events in New York City on Friday should plan to take mass transit.

With thousands expected to attend the pope’s Central Park procession and Mass at Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have ramped up service.

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The Port Authority said PATH will run extra trains into Manhattan from Journal Square and Hoboken. The entrance to the World Trade Center PATH station will remain open during the pope’s visit there on Friday.

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NJ TRANSIT is adding bus and train service on its inbound routes during off-peak evening hours.

The Long Island Rail Road also plans to run extra off-peak trains to and from Penn Station on Friday.

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“Eight extra trains heading into Manhattan in the afternoon,” LIRR spokesman Sal Arena told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

With street closures and parking bans in place around papal events on Thursday and Friday, the MTA said up to 25 buses may be rerouted. The agency said all bus routes near papal events in Manhattan will see delays, detours and closures.

Subways are expected to run on normal schedules.

For a complete list of service changes, click here.

Travelers are being urged to buy roundtrip tickets in advance and to expect some delays.

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