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Released: 4/1/2009 

FREEDOM Card Advisory For Saturday, April 4 & Sunday April 5

PATCO will be performing system maintenance on its fare collection system beginning at 6am on Saturday, April 4.

While the work is in progress, FREEDOM card users will still be able to use their card to pay fares but will not be able to use debit or credit cards at the vending machines to add value to their cards.

The ability to use debit or credit cards for FREEDOM card transactions will be reinstated no later than 5am on Monday morning, April 6.

PATCO suggests customers who travel on the weekend be prepared by taking advantage of one of the following options:

  1. Prior to 6 am on Saturday, April 4, load value onto their FREEDOM cards using debit/credit.
  2. During the weekend of April 4-5, use cash to load value onto their FREEDOM cards, or 
  3. During the weekend of April 4-5, purchase a paper ticket with cash.  

During the weekend, customers will be able to use their FREEDOM cards or paper tickets at the fare gates.

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, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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