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PATCO running more trains due to increased ridership

Postby zebrasepta » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:28 pm

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story ... 702946002/
PATCO Hi-Speedline passengers' wait time for a train will decrease at night and on weekends beginning Saturday.

PATCO is making a major change to its train schedule by increasing service on week nights and weekends to accommodate higher ridership on the Philadelphia-Lindenwold line.

On Thursday, PATCO General Manager John D. Rink announced an expanded schedule will be introduced Saturday, resulting in 86 more train trips per week.

I have never ridden PATCO and don't know much about it, so if anyone knows more about PATCO they can share their thoughts.
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Re: PATCO running more trains due to increased ridership

Postby mcgrath618 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:23 pm

zebrasepta wrote:https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/2018/06/14/patco-speedline-adding-more-night-weekend-service/702946002/
PATCO Hi-Speedline passengers' wait time for a train will decrease at night and on weekends beginning Saturday.

PATCO is making a major change to its train schedule by increasing service on week nights and weekends to accommodate higher ridership on the Philadelphia-Lindenwold line.

On Thursday, PATCO General Manager John D. Rink announced an expanded schedule will be introduced Saturday, resulting in 86 more train trips per week.

I have never ridden PATCO and don't know much about it, so if anyone knows more about PATCO they can share their thoughts.

Everything on the Jersey side is like the NHSL
Everything on the PA side is like the BSL
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Re: PATCO running more trains due to increased ridership

Postby MACTRAXX » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:19 am

ZS:

Take a look at the PATCO High Speed Line topics that are already in the SEPTA/PATCO Forum
archives for starters. This is one of the easiest ways to find out more about PATCO.

With the ending of the PATCO car rebuilding program with the last four 1980-vintage legacy cars
being shipped out after making their last runs more then likely PATCO has enough rebuilt cars in
service and major track construction projects such as on the Ben Franklin Bridge being completed.

Go into YouTube and search "PATCO High Speed Line" - note that there will be recent videos of
the recent last runs before rebuilding of their last four "legacy" cars Sunday June 10th. There are
good head-end view videos that run around 30 minutes in real time - faster in timelapse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PATCO_Speedline
https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/PATCO_High-Speed_Line

In Philadelphia the line was originally built as the Locust Street Subway which connected to the
Ben Franklin Bridge to two stations in downtown Camden: City Hall and Broadway/Walter Rand
TC which was the east terminal of the old Bridge Line Subway operated by the DRPA and their
predecessors. The route extension east from that point was opened in 1969 to Lindenwold.

This should be a start to finding out more about the PATCO High Speed Line...MACTRAXX
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Re: PATCO running more trains due to increased ridership

Postby JeffK » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:57 am

mcgrath618 wrote:Everything on the Jersey side is like the NHSL

My (admittedly hazy) understanding is that operations on the Jersey side were in large part modeled on the NHSL, although with obvious adaptations for longer trains and more-modern controls.

During the mid-1970s the DVRPC in fact proposed connecting the two lines. PATCO would have been extended underground from its current western terminus to somewhere around or beyond University City*, where It would have met an NHSL extension running east from Upper Darby along the former PRR Cardington Branch. The combined lines would have offered a one-seat ride from the western suburbs to NJ, fulfilling the P&W's original dream of cross-region operations and providing a strong complement to the Market Street half of the El. Unfortunately it was an extremely ambitious plan at the time, and even if the money and political will could magically be found today too much of the proposed ROW has been lost for the idea to be anything more than a big "might-have-been".

Everything on the PA side is like the BSL

... reflecting its origins as part of the Philly system, detailed in MT's response.

* an idea still hanging in the background.
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