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April 07, 2016

PATCO increasing Saturday train runs to every 20 minutes

Service change begins this week; there will be minor additional schedule changes starting this weekend

Commuting Patco
Patco Ben Franklin Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A Philadelphia-bound PATCO train on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Saturdays should be smoother running for PATCO commuters between South Jersey and Philadelphia.

Beginning April 9, trains will run every 20 minutes, rather than the 25-minute departure schedule PATCO operated during major track repair work, which wrapped up in February.

The upshot is one extra train per hour on Saturdays, according to John D. Rink, general manager of the train line that connects Philadelphia and South Jersey, crossing the Delaware River via the Ben Franklin Bridge.

MORE TRANSPORTATION NEWS: SEPTA Regional Rail schedule changes set to take effect Sunday

But there are also tweaks to the entire schedule, which can be found here.

“It’s a great enhancement,” Rink said.

Weekday intervals remain as they were with trains arriving at as frequently as every four minutes during peak periods and every 12 minutes at midday.

With lower demand, Sunday service remains at 30-minute intervals.

The service change comes after PATCO’s parent, the Delaware River Port Authority, completed an 18-month, $103 million project on the tracks running along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The project replaced wood ties, running rails, supporting steel trusses, electrical cabling and signaling systems.

A $13.9 million, 30-month-long project to replace tracks in both directions at the Westmont PATCO station in Haddon Township, New Jersey, is pending.

A new schedule for SEPTA's regional rail lines, which connects with PATCO, goes into effect Sunday.