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Mayor, transit officials discuss plans for Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia

Rail| June 17, 2015

With as many as two million people expected to hit the city during the event, Mayor Nutter said Philadelphians should be prepared to walk a few miles or more, since private vehicles will not be a viable option and public transportation routes and schedules will be altered for efficiency and capacity purposes.

PATCO unveils newly refurbished railcars

Rail| June 3, 2015

The cars are being rehabilitated by Alstom Transport in Hornell, N.Y. The improvements include the cars’ interiors (flip-up seating for wheelchairs and bicycles; new seats and slip-resistant floors; new lighting; new windows and HVAC systems) and exteriors and operating systems, including new braking systems that conserve energy by returning the power generated in braking to the cars’ power systems.

Rail| March 17, 2015

Quester Tangent, Alstom sign global framework agreement

The long-term agreement marks a significant step in the two companies' strategic partnership and follows a string of successful projects, including the delivery of electronic systems and integration for various North American fleet operators.

Rail| February 6, 2015

PATCO to install new electronic signage

One glitch is that the signs won't provide real-time information on train arrivals until an overhaul of PATCO's 120-car fleet is completed around 2017. The upgrade of the trains will provide the equipment necessary for the trains to communicate with the signs.

 

Management & Operations| January 27, 2015

PATCO, SEPTA working toward fare compatibility

After SEPTA switches to its long-awaited electronic Key "smart card" fare-payment system this year, PATCO cards will be compatible with the SEPTA system, as long as the user registers its PATCO card with the agency, which will permit SEPTA to identify the user and bill PATCO for the trip.

Rail| July 11, 2013

PATCO rail project will cost 47% more than planned

Rebuilding the commuter train line over the Ben Franklin Bridge will cost $102.8 million. However, other recent construction projects, including the Walt Whitman Bridge redecking, were less expensive than planned.
Rail| July 11, 2013

Ben Franklin bridge once had abandoned trolley line

New Jersey's Ben Franklin bridge was initially built with a trolley line that was never used. The bridge was originally planned as a "public transportation focal point" for the region."

Rail| October 10, 2012

Cubic, PATCO payment pilot to end

The company wanted to test its open payment account-based products and determine if people would use the same media as both their fare card and their retail spend card, and both objectives were successfully achieved.
Rail| July 16, 2012

PATCO, Cubic expand contactless payment pilot

Now, riders will be able to use American Express contactless payment cards, as well as cards from other major payment networks, to make secure transit payments at PATCO.
Rail| April 2, 2012

Cubic, PATCO open payment pilot enters new phase

In 2011, the two entities partnered to create the first transit-agency branded, all contactless Visa prepaid card in the world. This was among one of the first times that consumers had been able to use the same transit payment card for both transit and retail purchases.
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