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Released: 5/5/2009 

As Program Nears 100 Day Mark, More Experiencing PATCO's FREEDOM to Save


In-station event marks milestone; nearly 150 businesses participate in program

PATCO’s new rider benefits program, FREEDOM to Save, reached its hundredth day, and passengers exiting at the Ashland station were treated to freebies from program partners.

FREEDOM to Save is a program in which retailers, restaurants, service providers and other companies reach new customers, offering discounts or other perks to users of PATCO’s smart card fare collection system, the FREEDOM Card.  To notify customers of their involvement, these businesses are displaying window decals and counter signs, and PATCO promotes the participating companies and their offers through a new page on its Web site – www.ridepatco.org/freedomtosave.   

It is a program that both riders and participating businesses see value.

“Our partnership with this program is ideal,” said Micah Zwerling, CEO of $1.99 Any Garment Dry Cleaning, which is offering 10% off its services to FREEDOM Card holders.

“We have been participating since the program started and have already seen a positive response,” said Ann DelMonte of Kress Wine. 

Nearly 150 businesses throughout South Jersey and downtown Philadelphia have signed on to the program to offer savings to PATCO riders.  A list of participating businesses is available on www.ridepatco.org

“The FREEDOM to Save program has been a success for us in connecting with our 38,000 daily riders in a more meaningful way and in supporting our regional business community,” said John J. Matheussen, CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority, the agency that owns and operates PATCO.  “We anticipate the program growing and offering even more value for our riders.” 

“In our 40th year of service to the community, FREEDOM to Save has been our most recent example of how we are constantly looking for ways to provide a real benefit to our riders and the community,” said Jeff Nash, Delaware River Port Authority Vice Chairman.  

The FREEDOM card can be purchased at the automated machines located at each of the 13 PATCO stations along the 14.2 mile line through Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia.

If you are a business owner and interested in becoming a FREEDOM to Save partner, email freedomtosave@ridepatco.org.


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