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Released: 12/17/2008 

PATCO Records Passenger Milestone

PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, has announced PATCO has, for the first time since 2001, recorded 10 million trips in a year.  Current ridership trends point toward one-million more trips on PATCO this year than in 2007.  Matheussen says “reaching this milestone is a tribute to PATCO staff who consistently provide high quality service to our customers.”

PATCO General Manager, Bob Box, says PATCO has been attracting additional riders because “our service is reliable with a 98 percent on time performance record.  In addition, our new automated fare collection system makes traveling on PATCO easy and convenient.”

PATCO Assistant General Manager, Cheryl Spicer, believes “fluctuating and unpredictable gasoline prices as well as the desire by our customers to conserve energy and protect the environment” have also resulted in additional riders.
Other factors credited for the increased ridership include the popular Transit Ambassador Program as well as improvements made at the PATCO stations.

PATCO service between Lindenwold, New Jersey, and Philadelphia began on February 15th, 1969 and over 416-million trips have been recorded during the nearly 40 years of service.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.


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