CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — UPDATE: PATCO to resume normal schedule beginning at 7 p.m.
Original story below:
PATCO will be making some changes on Thursday to accommodate the throngs of Eagles fans heading to Philadelphia for the Super Bowl parade.
You’ll need to use this plan whether you’re coming in to work or the parade. Starting in the morning, all service will be into town.
“The stations will be four in New Jersey — Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway — and we’ll be running to and from 9th and 10th Streets in Philadelphia,” DRPA CEO John Hanson told KYW Newsradio.
The morning runs will be express from the South Jersey station into the city. At about 1:30, all service will reverse back into South Jersey, stopping at those four stations. Freedom cards are your best bet to pay for the ride. You can buy your tickets at those stations ahead of time, if you want.
It’s not like the agency hasn’t been through this before. DRPA CEO John Hanson remembers back to the last time there was a big parade for the Phillies.
“There were a number of problems back in 2008 and we’ve learned from those problems,” Hanson added. “That’s why we’ll be running directly from the stations and only to one stop instead of trying to stop at every station.”
Hanson candidly expects more than the 80,000 riders the system can handle, so best to be patient and get there early.
If you want to hoof it, the walkway on the Ben Franklin will be open. And that’s free. More information is available on line at ridepatco.org.
PATCO said they would be suspending ticket sales at or around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, but the transit agency tweeted that tickets are now sold out. In addition, tickets will not be sold in stations on Thursday.
Meanwhile, PATCO officials are discussing an incident aboard a train during Sunday night’s celebration.
An agency spokesman says service was suspended for about two hours late Sunday night after a run into Philadelphia filled with revelers was halted when someone opened a door that would lead to a platform. Only the train was in between stations, and police noticed some people using emergency windows in an attempt to get out of the train.
Power was cut off as a safety precaution while riders were evacuated from the train.
Service was restored by 1:30 a.m. Monday and no arrests were made.
Full information on PATCO plans for the parade below:
At 3:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 8th, PATCO will close the Ashland, Haddonfield, Westmont, Collingswood, City Hall, 8th and Market Street, 12th/13th and Locust Street, and 15th/16th and Locust Street Stations.
From 3:45 A.M. to 5:45 A.M. (Westbound) and from 3:43 A.M. until 6:17 A.M. (Eastbound), PATCO trains will only service the Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, Broadway and 9th/10th and Locust Street Stations. From 6:00 A.M. until approximately 1:50P.M., PATCO will provide WESTBOUND ONLY Service, originating at the Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway Stations. Trains departing from these stations will EXPRESS directly to the 9th/10th and Locust Street Station. During this period, there will be NO EASTBOUND Service.
Beginning at approximately 1:20 P.M. and continuing until 8:00 P.M., PATCO will transition to EASTBOUND Only Service, originating at 9th/10th and Locust Street Station and stopping at Broadway, Ferry Avenue, Woodcrest and Lindenwold Stations.
To safely accommodate as many passengers as possible, bicycles will not be permitted on PATCO trains during this period. As always, strollers are permitted, but passengers are asked to ensure that they are folded while on-board the trains.
Regular fares apply for all customers age five and older; children four and under ride free. Tickets will be sold at all of the stations that will be providing service. Passengers who wish to buy tickets in advance are reminded to purchase their tickets at the station from which they intend to depart on Thursday.
For those wishing to walk into Center City, the Ben Franklin Bridge South Walkway will be open throughout the day and into the evening.
Detailed schedule information is below.
For questions or additional information, please visit our website at www.RidePATCO.org or follow us on Twitter at @RidePATCO.
2018 Eagles Super Bowl Parade Service
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Owl/Early AM Schedule:
Normal Weekday schedule from 12:00 A.M. until 3:00 A.M. westbound and 12:00 A.M. until 2:58 A.M. eastbound
3:45AM – 5:45AM Transition Begins
Special Service stopping only at Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Ave, Broadway, and 9th/10th & Locust from 3:45 A.M. until 5:45 A.M. westbound and 3:43 A.M. until 6:17 A.M. eastbound during the transition of closing stations
Special Parade Schedule (5:58AM – 8:00PM)
• Eastbound Service suspended from 6:18AM until 1:22PM
• 16 minute headway at Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue & Broadway Stations
• Non-stop service to 9th/10th & Locust Station
• Trains will all be arriving every 4 minutes at 9th/10th & Locust Station
Parade Service (Westbound) begins at the following times:
• Lindenwold: 5:58AM
• Woodcrest: 6:05AM
• Ferry Avenue: 6:21AM
• Broadway: 6:20AM
Parade Service (Westbound) ends at the following times:
• Lindenwold: 1:26PM
• Woodcrest: 1:33PM
• Ferry Avenue: 1:49M
• Broadway: 1:48PM
Westbound service suspended from the last trip of each station in the cycle (around 1:30PM) until 7:30PM 5 minute headway at 9th/10th & Locust Station, with all trains stopping Eastbound at Broadway, Ferry Avenue, Woodcrest, and Lindenwold Stations
• Special Service begins Eastbound around 1:20PM
• Special Service ends Eastbound at 8:00PM
• Resume normal weekday service at 7:30PM Westbound and 8:09PM Eastbound (subject to change as needed to accommodate passengers returning from the parade).