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The new PATCO Wave & Pay ANYWHERE Visa Prepaid Card began a 12-month pilot program on Monday. This marks the first time that consumers will be able to use the same transit payment card for both transit and retail purchases.

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Alstom to overhaul PATCO fleet

Work on the five-year project is scheduled to begin in February 2011. This contract is the largest capital improvement project in the history of the Delaware River Port Authority, the regional transportation agency that owns and operates PATCO.

PATCO selects Cubic for open payment pilot

Technology will be integrated across PATCO’s 14-mile line, and will allow riders to pay fares with a debit or credit card. For the first half of the year-long pilot, Cubic’s banking partner will issue a branded reloadable prepaid card with a contactless interface. During the second half, riders can pay with any bank card containing a contactless chip.

Officials: PATCO rail line sale unlikely

After an attempt by the Delaware River Port Authority to sell its commuter train line failed last month, the agency considered selling the line to a private buyer. Officials say that with $45.3 million in operating costs and only $24.8 million in revenue projected for 2011, the outlook is not promising.

Proposed New Jersey Light Rail Expansion Moves Forward

With STV Incorporated serving as the lead of a multi-firm team for the project, the Delaware River Port Authority and its PATCO subsidiary continue work to open a new light rail line that would not only tie together parts of South New Jersey, but provide access to Philadelphia.