Public Rail


On Monday, chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) John Hanson confirmed what most riders who had examined the authority's two-year rehabilitation program for the PATCO Highspeed line tracks on the Ben Franklin Bridge already knew: PATCO was going to lose riders as the result of the 24/7 single-tracking program planned for the summer; quite a lot, in fact. According to DRPA's estimates, a total of 300,000 riders (really unique rides) are likely to be lost as the result of track work. To put that into perspective, PATCO's annual ridership comes out to roughly 10 million riders, suggesting a 3% drop with DRPA's likely liberal ridership drop estimate. 


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