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Satisfying but Bumpy Weeks on PATCO

DVARP's PATCO rider observers reported a satisfying, albeit bumpy, couple of weeks on the South Jersey rail line.

DVARP's PATCO rider observers were generally satisfied with their rides in the past couple of weeks, although things did get a little bumpy at times. 

Mark Heston (Thursday, 10/11): "Caught the 3:50 eastbound train. Very short wait. Lots of seats. Very quiet and relaxed. [...] Too bad you couldn't have a live monitor with video only of the local weather and top stories."

(Monday, 10/15): "The conductor was smooth and courteous. Nice ride in today. People were somewhat happy today. It must have been the great weekend."

(Wednesday, 10/17): "The starts and stops felt like a Missouri gravel road; man they were jerky." 

Jeff Lyons (Wednesday, 10/17): "PATCO trains are now sporting big ads for Drexel. They cover the windows, but it doesn't matter, since the windows haven't been cleaned since 1973." 

PATCO GM John Rink (Friday, 10/19): "Each night, we complete an exterior wash and medium clean on 12 cars. The medium clean includes [...] a cleaning of the interior of windows and adjacent areas."

To all you PATCO commuters out there: how have your riding experiences been lately? Tell us in the comments or let DVARP know @PhillyDVARP on Twitter or at mail@dvarp.org.

Andy Sharpe is Communications Director for the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. Contact him at 215-RAILWAY (215-724-5929), sharpe@dvarp.org, or @PhillyDVARP on Twitter and Facebook.

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Kelly H October 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I haven't had a problem with the platforms or the trains lately, but the concourse at 8th/Market has been a mess. The leaking ceiling by the turnstiles has been creating a bottleneck of passengers trying to avoid the buckets (not to mention a dangerous situation and accident/lawsuit waiting to happen) and there are regularly homeless/beggars towards the Chestnut St. side.
Reed Rothchild October 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
How about getting rid of the current method used by the drivers when an express train is passing through a station without stopping. The current method of "hold the extremely loud horn down while speeding by" is completely obnoxious and deafening but I guess considering most people are clueless some sort of notification is required? How about a pleasant announcement over the speakers used exactly like when the trains are delayed? Thanks
Phil McConkey October 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hey guys, if you don't like it, then just drive! problem solved

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