Rally Bus to Offer Travel to Philadelphia Papal Visit

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Possible Record Day for Bus Travel; Giving Religious Groups New Way to Organize

'Given the sheer numbers of predicted visitors to Philadelphia for the Papal visit, we are looking at one of the greatest opportunities ever for buses as a travel option and in terms of overall demand,' says Numaan Akram, founder and CEO of Rally Bus.

Rally Bus, a crowd-powered technology platform that brings people together to enjoy trips to popular destinations and events on high-end buses, today announced that it will be providing extensive transportation services for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families (http://rallybus.net/world-meeting-2015-papal-visit/), which marks his inaugural trip as Pontiff to the U.S. The Papal visit to the city on September 26-27 culminates in the Pope’s celebration of Sunday mass for an estimated two million visitors on Ben Franklin Parkway, one of the largest public gatherings that Philadelphia has ever had.

“Given the sheer numbers of predicted visitors to Philadelphia and dire warnings of traffic gridlock and congestion from Mayor Nutter and other officials, we are potentially looking at one of the greatest opportunities ever for buses both as a preferred travel option and in terms of overall demand,” says Numaan Akram, founder and CEO of Rally Bus. “In the coming weeks, we will be working closely with local dioceses around the country to get the word out about Rally Bus as an easy, hassle free way to get to and from this historic event.”

Akram notes that Rally Bus is also offering transportation services for the diocese of Bridgeport, CT to a post-Synod pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on October 24th (http://rallybus.net/postsynodpilgrimage/).

“Planning our pilgrimage with Rally Bus was easy and stress-free,” says Gina Donnarummo, director of adult formation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. “All I had to do was give them locations and dates and Rally Bus handled the rest.”

Those wishing to book travel should go online to RallyBus.net or download the Rally Bus app for iOS, Android and Windows. Once a reservation is made, the passenger can share trips and invite friends through all social media platforms to help ensure that a sufficient number of reservations are reached, which confirms a bus to be ordered according to Rally Bus’ tipping-point model.

“What’s interesting is that Rally Bus is providing a whole new way for religious groups to organize and mobilize, using technology as the centerpiece,” adds Akram. “Booking travel through our apps enables a user to self-organize, control their travel options and monitor trip progress, in the company of friends, having fun and bypassing the usual travel headaches.”

The Papal visit will include stops in New York and Washington, D.C., both of which Rally Bus will support with transportation services.

Akram notes that each bus-load of Rally Bus passengers takes roughly 30 cars off the road, which alleviates traffic concerns, provides environmental benefits and makes the overall travel experience more fun and enjoyable. Rally Bus has relationships with hundreds of luxury bus operators around the country, which not only helps improve bus utilization rates but can also support local economies through these transportation partnerships.

About Rally Bus

Rally Bus (http://rallybus.net) is a crowd-powered, on-demand event travel company that is disrupting the charter bus industry and changing behavior by allowing riders to self-organize bus trips to and from events that enhance and extend the overall travel experience. Founded in 2010 as an alternative means to transport thousands of riders nationwide to the Rally to Restore Sanity event in Washington, D.C, the New York-based company has attracted more than 70,000 riders to a broad array of sports, entertainment and cultural events in more than 1,000 U.S. cities.

For more information, visit: http://rallybus.net

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