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PATCO Improving Accessibility At Two Stations
PATCO is beginning two projects designed to make it easier for customers with disabilities to use the 9th/10th and Locust Station in Philadelphia and the Ferry Avenue Station in Camden. The $5 million dollar initiative includes the installation of two elevators at 9th/10th and Locust and one elevator at Ferry Avenue. The PATCO Board of Directors in October approved a $4.5 million dollar construction contract for A.P. Construction of Blackwood, New Jersey, to install the elevators and a $500 thousand dollar contract to the Burns Group of Philadelphia to monitor the construction. The Federal Transit Administration awarded PATCO $1.5 million for construction at 9th/10th and Locust.
Work will begin soon at the 9th/10th and Locust Station while construction at Ferry Avenue is slated to begin this summer. Both projects should wrap up by the end of the year.
PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, says “through this action PATCO continues to actively improve access to the transit line for all passengers.”
PATCO General Manager, John Rink, adds “an elevator at the 9th/10th and Locust Station was the number one request from our customers and will provide easier access to nearby hospitals and medical services. Ferry Avenue was also selected as over 2,500 customers from many communities board at that station every day and was the most used station currently without an elevator.”
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 DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.
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