The next phase of the PATCO rail reconstruction project is now underway and should not cause as many delays for riders.
PATCO says new information boards are on the way for its train platforms.
It’s an issue that has delayed the entire $194-million project to overhaul the 120-car fleet.
The past few months of having only a single track to get over the bridge caused some headaches for commuters.
The DRPA also says four lanes to Pennsylvania will be open during morning rush hours and four lanes to New Jersey will be open for the afternoon rush hour.
Ben Franklin Bridge commuters should be able to breathe a sigh of relief next week.
The transit agency had hoped the eight renovated cars would be ready before spring of this year. That was pushed back to summer, then to last month.
In a letter to residents here by the bridge when the construction began, the DRPA warned of high levels of noise during the sandblasting and painting of the bridge. That was scheduled to go through tomorrow, but the DRPA says they finished the painting on Sunday.
PATCO officials say the disruption in service began shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday when someone was struck by one of its trains at the station at 8th and Market Streets.
Commuters on the Ben Franklin Bridge have been inconvenienced with lane closures and gaps in PATCO service since Memorial Day.
PATCO is getting a little impatient with the contractor hired to replace the engines and interiors of its 120 car fleet.
A long closed station along the PATCO high speed line in Center City could come alive again. But the idea of reopening the Franklin Square stop has been considered, and rejected before.
Single-tracking and lane blockages will take place for the next couple of months, this time to replace tracks and railroad ties on the northern side of the span.
Patco had hoped to show off the first of its newly refurbished train cars by now, but problems have delayed that.
Riders should get ready for those long waits at rush hour through about mid-October.