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August 15, 2022

PATCO reduces rush hour service in effort to decrease wear and tear on train equipment

City Hall Station in Camden also will have new, limited hours due to low ridership and safety concerns

PATCO trains are now running every 8 minutes during weekday morning and evening rush hours – a slightly longer interval. 

Trains previously ran every 6 1/2 minutes during rush hours. With ridership at 43% of pre-pandemic levels, PATCO is now running two fewer trains during each rush hour, KYW reported. PATCO officials do not anticipate the change will result in overcrowding.  

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The updated schedule, which took effect Monday, is designed to provide schedule reliability and streamline departures with equal time intervals while maintaining a high frequency of service, PATCO officials said.

Fewer trains also will result in less wear and tear on train equipment. PATCO's equipment department is addressing a high volume of work orders, including maintenance to traction motors, wheels and HVAC systems. Supply chain and labor issues have generated a backlog.

Here's a full list of what's changing and what's staying the same during weekdays:

• Morning Owl Service: No change
• Morning Rush Hour: Trains run every 8 minutes for peak westbound travel
• Daytime: No change. Trains run every 15 minutes
• Evening Rush Hour: Trains run every 8 minutes for peak eastbound travel
• Late Evening: Trains run every 15 to 20 minutes

There are no changes to weekend services. Trains generally run every 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Riders can find full PATCO schedules on its website.

Additionally, the City Hall Station in Camden is no longer operating on a 24/7 schedule due to low ridership and safety concerns. Instead, it will open from 5 a.m. to midnight. 

PATCO General Manager John Rink told KYW that there has been vandalism at the station during overnight hours. Riders who would typically use City Hall station overnight are advised to use the larger, nearby Broadway Station.

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