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Old 02-07-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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After two weeks of Patco's new Monday/Friday rush hour schedule, I don't think Patco could have made it more painful for the passengers if they had tried. The crowds on the Philadelphia station platforms and trains are overwhelming. Patco's decision to plan 30 minute outages of rush hour train traffic especially on Friday nights is cruel and unusual punishment.

I heard a rumor that this summer Patco will schedule these rush hour service outages every night. Is that true?

Steve
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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Its going to get worse... its soon to spread to the rest of the week. Cant really be helped. the Bridge tracks are falling apart and drastic measures had to be taken.

“In the spring, we’ll actually be going to one track, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for approximately two months,” says Patco spokesman Tim Ireland. “And that pattern of weekend track outages, followed by a month or a few weeks or a couple of weeks of 24/7 track outages, will continue on and off over the next two years.”

Patco Starting Two Years of Track Work on Ben Franklin Bridge « CBS Philly
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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This morning was a blast!

My train ended up disabled on the BFB. Had to back into Camden and we had to join an already packed train waiting at City Hall. Apparently someone got caught in a door at 8th and Market and drug by the train. And I also heard a women fainted on the train, supposedly due to the overcrowding......

PATCO is basically unusable at this point..........
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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try driving and parking for a week and get back to me.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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I got into work really early today and missed morning mess. My boss was on the train for 2 hours this morning on what should have been less than a 30 minute ride.

Tonight a train broke down ahead of me in rush hour. The driver's radio on my train said that the broken down train had smoke in all of the cars. I am starting to wonder if it is safe to ride Patco while they are going through this repair project.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
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try driving and parking for a week and get back to me.
Will do!
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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Nj transit must be celebrating!!!!
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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Will do!

Hows your driving commute going? Is it faster? are you paying less? are you happier? Its been a week so i would think you have an opinion by now.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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Hows your driving commute going? Is it faster? are you paying less? are you happier? Its been a week so i would think you have an opinion by now.

I haven't driven everyday, but I've either driven or jumped in with my wife when I could.

Wednesday drove in
Thursday was off due to storm.
Friday, with the wife
Monday I did take PATCO. No real issues
Tuesday with the wife.
Drove in today.

What I will say is that ultimately I do think it is quicker to drive.
My best days with PATCO, long before these new issues with construction, was 1 hour door to door.
That was driving to Ashland, PATCO to 8th, subway to 34th, walking to campus.

I can be parked in University City in 30 minutes if I leave before 7 am.
Coming home is little more of an issue, but ultimately, if I don't leave work late, I can still be home in less than an hour.

Paying less? Probably not. I'm paying probably $140 to PATCO($7/day), $80-100 for SEPTA($4.50/day) each month and whatever in gas. So, say $275 a month.
Driving would be $5/day ($100/month) for the bridge and I could get a parking spot for $165/month. Plus gas.
The difference is probably negligible and mostly in gas. Ultimately driving would prove more expensive because the roads are awful and you are gonna beat the **** out of your car.

Happier. I don't know. I've been seriously debating on just applying for the parking permit and driving every day for a while, but I haven't pulled the trigger. PATCO going 24/7 on this construction and limiting trains to one track, I think it's going to cause serious headaches.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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I respect your honesty about Patco and Driving. PAtco was built so fewer people in SJ would drive over the BF Bridge to get to Center city jobs. Its really ment for that and the latest track work really throws a wrench into the concept. It has to be done and i dont know any other way for them to do it but close down one of the tracks. It comes at a bad time with the elecaltor issues and the rail car fleet overall issues. Its sterling reputation is now in doubt... but its alot better than SEPTA and many other transit systems. Just putting it out there.

Even with all the current issues its still the best way to CC and maybe University City. They arent building anymore freeways or parking lots in Philly.
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