Franklin Square reopening? Not any time soon.

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Re: Franklin Square reopening? Not any time soon.

Postby chuchubob » Thu May 07, 2015 7:10 am

DRPA seeking federal funds to reopen Franklin Square station.
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New 2 mil study on Franklin Sq reopening

Postby mm670 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:46 pm

The DRPA approved a contract with Burns Engineering Inc for a $2 million study on the reopening of the Franklin Square Station. Construction cost is estimated to be between $27 to $28 million and the station would have an annual $800,000 operating budget. Full story at ... 70920.html.
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Re: Franklin Square reopening? Not any time soon.

Postby Bill R. » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:21 pm

Typical of the DRPA. Let's spend $2 million (!?!) on a study on the possibility of reopening the station. I hope it will at least include a strategy for creating safe pedestrian access for the residential area between the Ben Franklin Bridge and the I-95 ramps.

I think reopening the station is a viable proposition, but the chance for success of the station increases substantially if the service frequencies off-peak match those of SEPTA's heavy rail lines. This could be accomplished by running additional service between 15/16th & Locust station and the pocket track at Ferry Avenue, eliminating the additional operating costs for providing an unnecessary service increase east of Camden. The off-peak PATCO headways aren't attractive for movement between locations within Philadelphia. This is, in part, a manifestation of the mindset that PATCO is the train for NJ, with little utility for city residents.

Furthermore, the increased service could further justify the placement of a PATCO infill station at Kaighn Avenue in Camden, providing rail access to the adjacent retail corridor along Haddon Avenue and the residential Parkside neighborhood just beyond. Kaighn Avnue is at the center of a large gap between stations, and the proposed station is roughly as far from from Ferry Avenue as the distance between Collingswood and Westmont.
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