By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Delaware River Port Authority is once again looking into the possibility of reopening the Franklin Square PATCO station.

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The old PATCO stop at 6th and Race Streets has been shuttered since 1979. But with a revitalized Franklin Square now popular, the Delaware River Port Authority is taking a look at putting the PATCO station there back into service. DRPA Chief Engineer Mike Venuto told the board this week that a half-million dollars is being budgeted to explore new life for the station.

“The Franklin Square project is also going to be represented in the 2015 capital plan,” Venuto said.

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A total price tag to reopen the station is expected later this month, and a ridership study with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission should be ready in January.

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