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Released: 6/10/2009 

DRPA Board Approves Major Overhaul Of PATCO Stations In Philadelphia And Camden

Two PATCO stations in Camden and all four in Philadelphia are getting a facelift thanks to a vote taken today by the PATCO Board of Directors.  The Board approved spending $9,600,000.00 for concourse improvements at Camden’s City Hall and the Walter Rand Transportation Center as well as 8th and Market and 9th/10th, 12th/13th, and 15th/16th and Locust in Philadelphia.   Funding for the upgrades comes from money earmarked for economic development projects.  Construction could begin in August.

The concourse improvements include state of the art design and engineering designed to minimize installation, maintenance and operational costs while also improving reliability.  In keeping with the Authority’s Green Initiative, the improved lighting will use low energy and very minimal maintenance LED light fixtures.

According to DRPA Chairman, John Estey, “today’s board action shows our commitment to mass transit in South Jersey and Philadelphia.  The concourse improvements as well as the planned reopening of the Franklin Square Station in Philadelphia are designed to maintain PATCO as one of the premier transit systems in the country.”
 
DRPA Vice Chair, Jeff Nash, says “PATCO service has always been superior and reliable.  Now the aesthetics of our stations will also be of the highest quality.”  Nash adds, “in addition to the aesthetics, the new lighting will be energy efficient and provide a more pleasant and safer environment for our customers.”

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “the goal is to enhance the PATCO experience for our customers.  This project will make the subway stations even more secure and serviceable through the installation of special flooring, lighting and wall material. The stations will also be easier to navigate with new signage.”

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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