Starting today, PATCO will run on a new schedule as work gets underway on the tracks on the north side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The transit company says trains will run every 20 minutes until midnight, when the regular schedule resumes.
PATCO stations remain dark Wednesday morning after severe storms knocked out power in much of the region Tuesday night.
About one hundred thousand people are expected to ride the Speedline each day when the Pope is here, that’s about triple the usual ridership.
The PATCO plan for the pope has express trains running from only four stations: Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, and Broadway.
Until now, occasional Patco riders had to pay with cash at the ticket machines, and they’d get their change back in dollar coins. No more.
The DRPA board is to vote later this month on a plan to integrate PATCO’s electronic Freedom Fare card with a similar system soon to go into effect on SEPTA.
“We’re going to revise our fare system for the day to provide for either a $2.50, one-way, or $5, round-trip, ticket,” says DRPA deputy CEO Michael Conallen.
DRPA CEO John Hanson said eventually all of the cars will be updated as part of a nearly $200-million project.
Later this week, PATCO riders will actually be able to use the first of the refurbished rail cars along the high speed line.
Tuesday’s deadly Amtrak train derailment is still affecting mass transit throughout the region.
The 103 million dollar project is on time and on budget. They were about to go to the next step, according to DRPA CEO John Hanson.
John Hanson, CEO of Patco’s parent, the Delaware River Port Authority, says the persistent software issues have been addressed at last.
There’s been talk for years of reopening the PATCO high speed line station in Franklin Square, which has been closed since 1979. A new study ordered by the Delaware River Port Authority is now in hand, and being poured over by commissioners and staffers.
The final report on the Franklin Square station will be presented at today’s board meeting.