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Released: 9/14/2006 

PATCO to Host Start/Finish of MS 150 City to Shore Bike Tour

More than 7,000 bicyclists are expected to take part in this weekend’s 26th Annual MS 150 City to Shore Bike Tour benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Delaware Valley. For the past 17 years, the PATCO High Speed Line and Delaware River Port Authority have helped sponsor the two-day ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ, and back. Riders leave Saturday, Sept. 16 at approximately 6:30 a.m. from the parking lot of PATCO’s Woodcrest Station in Cherry Hill and return Sunday, Sept. 17. Riders may elect to ride the 150 miles or face the Century Challenge – a 100-mile ride followed by 75 miles for the return trip Sunday. Another option is a 45-mile, one-day ride from Hammonton, NJ, to Ocean City on Saturday. Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $250. Officials hope to raise $4 million to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. Over the years, many PATCO and DRPA employees, their friends and family have participated in the event. Once again, a group of riders will represent the PATCO/DRPA Team in this worthwhile cause. Cyclists can start their trip on PATCO to reach the starting line at the Woodcrest Station. Special train service will operate between Woodcrest and all other PATCO stations both Saturday and Sunday. PATCO trains will take participants from Center City Philadelphia with stops at 15th & 16th, 12th & 13th and 9th & 10th on Locust Street, or 8th & Market streets to Woodcrest Station. In New Jersey, PATCO trains will stop at eight stations en route to Woodcrest. Free parking is available at seven New Jersey stations on weekends. On Saturday, September 16, trains will leave 16th & Locust, Philadelphia, at the following times: 4:00 a.m. 5:50 a.m. 7:10 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 4:35 a.m. 6:10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:50 a.m. 5:10 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 9:10 a.m. 5:30 a.m. 6:50 a.m. 8:10 a.m. Trains will leave Lindenwold at the following times: 4:00 a.m. 5:30 a.m. 6:50 a.m. 8:10 a.m. 4:30 a.m. 5:50 a.m. 7:10 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 4:50 a.m. 6:10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:50 a.m. 5:10 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 9:10 a.m. On Sunday, September 17, trains will leave Woodcrest every 20 minutes from mid-morning through evening. For questions or information about the PATCO High Speed Line call (856) 772 6900 or (215) 922 4600 or visit our website at www.drpa.org/patco. For questions about the MS Bike Tour, call 1-800 445 BIKE or visit www.ms150biketour.org. Important Information for PATCO Riders: Parking will be limited at the Woodcrest Station this weekend. Portions of the Woodcrest parking lot will be closed from Friday, Sept. 15, 2 a.m. until Sunday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. In addition to the PATCO High Speed Line, the Delaware River Port Authority owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges. It also owns and operates the RiverLink Ferry System and Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1.

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