PATCO to launch revised overnight schedule plans that were scratched due to complaints

David Madden
November 16, 2019 - 8:00 am
PATCO is giving facelifts this year to its three most-used stations.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Plans to reduce overnight service on the PATCO high speed line, that were announced last spring, were quickly scrapped after some riders complained. Now, the plan is back in a different form that will take effect next month. 

The original idea was to close down a half dozen stations during overnight hours for security reasons. The new schedule will start Saturday, Dec. 7. Only the 9th/10th street station in Center City, Philadelphia will be closed from midnight to 4 a.m. on weekdays and until 5 a.m. on weekends. 

Train runs will be decreased from every 45 minutes to every hour and there will be a cop on every train. There will only be one train running during those hours, and overnight riders are advised to get on it even if it’s going in the wrong direction. 

John Rink, General Manager at PATCO, said in a press release that the agency reviewed two years worth of passenger data on the Niteowl runs at the suggestion of the agency’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

“Safety and security are still our top priority at PATCO,” Rink said. “And our new owl service plan incorporates the feedback and concerns of our riders.”

The agency is also launching a safety awareness campaign, which will include a mobile app called “Look Up. Speak Up.” The app, which can be downloaded on Google and Apple platforms, will allow riders to report safety and security issues directly to PATCO and Delaware River Port Authority police.