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Old 08-28-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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Has anyone actually ridden the line lately? Is there any progress on the Pennsauken transfer station?

I guess if you ride the riverline you would know the answer to this too.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 PM
 
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Has anyone actually ridden the line lately? Is there any progress on the Pennsauken transfer station?

I guess if you ride the riverline you would know the answer to this too.
The Pennsauken Transit Center is expected to open this fall.

Pennsauken train station nears completion - Philly.com
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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It doesn't really take much planning or timing because PATCO usually runs every 12 minutes or less. I have in-laws with a house in Brigantine so I used to make the trip ~twice a month in the summer for a couple of years. The PATCO transfers are actually written into the AC rail line schedule. http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0090.pdf

PATCO to Lindenwold is faster and cheaper than the AC train. If you're not already in West Philly there's no reason to catch the train at 30th St.

It's really not a bad train ride especially when you consider what weekend traffic is normally like.
Actually, it does. The AC line from Lindenwold to AC doesn't run every 12 minutes. You don't want to catch the PATCO to Lindenwold and realize that you just missed the train to AC. You'll have to wait at least an hour. That's where the timing and planning comes in.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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do they still run the jitneys from the AC station to the casinos? I imagine they would with the amount of senior traffic on the line ... if so you can use that to get you closer to the beach

I think the better question is if that is where you want to go for a beach day?
If I remember correctly they do, but the Jitney's cost money. There are free casino shuttles (primarily for the casino workers) that arrive shortly after the train gets to AC. Anyone can ride it though. I used to take it when I would take the train into AC for work sometimes.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Actually, it does. The AC line from Lindenwold to AC doesn't run every 12 minutes.
The PATCO train runs every 12 minutes (or less).

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You don't want to catch the PATCO to Lindenwold and realize that you just missed the train to AC. You'll have to wait at least an hour. That's where the timing and planning comes in.
I don't understand. I just posted the link to the train schedule and expressly informed you that the PATCO schedule is integrated into it. You don't need to "plan." You just need to look at the schedule. If you can read a train schedule it tells you which PATCO train you need to catch to make your connection in Lindenwold. There's no math involved.

Like I said, unless you're already in West Philly there's no reason to go to 30th St. to get to Atlantic City. It takes longer and it costs more.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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I'd suggest checking the PATCO special schedule on their site for the day of your trip. This way there's not an unexpected adjusted schedule that screws up your transfer. This has happened to me many times. Plan against the special schedule and allow time for it to be a few minutes late - especially if the NJT train only runs hourly.

Lately, PATCO has been doing track work constantly and the schedules are nowhere near as consistent off peak. It's been more like every 30 minutes offpeak before midnight.

I think that the train would be more comfortable than the bus. The NJT line is comparable to regional rail. I took it down to AC two years ago to head to a concert. It was surprisingly fast and it was more scenic than the bus (not that there's much to see).
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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the bust station in AC has a better location than the train station (actually, I think it's the same location the train station used tobe before it moved to the convention center). NJT also runs an "express' to cape may in summer months. the AC line is a shell of its old seld when the reading and pennsy pushed a 100 mph at the turn of the 20th century
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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I'd suggest checking the PATCO special schedule on their site for the day of your trip. This way there's not an unexpected adjusted schedule that screws up your transfer. This has happened to me many times. Plan against the special schedule and allow time for it to be a few minutes late - especially if the NJT train only runs hourly.

Lately, PATCO has been doing track work constantly and the schedules are nowhere near as consistent off peak. It's been more like every 30 minutes offpeak before midnight.

I think that the train would be more comfortable than the bus. The NJT line is comparable to regional rail. I took it down to AC two years ago to head to a concert. It was surprisingly fast and it was more scenic than the bus (not that there's much to see).
Yup. Whenever I made the trip I always planned that I would just miss PATCO. Basically, if my train left Lindenwold at 5pm then I knew I would have to be at 13th & Locust by 4:12.

PATCO just had its 40th birthday so over the last decade they've been doing a complete overhaul of the line. New rail cars will be the last piece. They usually run 20 minute headways around weekend construction and that's because they can do it with 3 trains and with no conflict in passing on the single track segment they close for construction.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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We finally went to Atlantic City. It's a great beach. Good sand, lots of people, long board walk.

We took the 551 bus from the greyhound station. It was $20 round trip... It actually runs every 30 minutes so we didn't even have to plan around it. The bus station is just a 2 or 3 blocks from the beach.
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