Once upon a time, when PATCO service was interrupted, riders would later find a printed explanation (or apology) on the train seats.
Those were the days when the commuter line between Lindenwold and Center City was a mass transit role model instead of a little engine that can't.
As my colleague Paul Nussbaum reports, busted escalators and stalled trains are taxing the riding public's patience. It seems the fabulous Delaware River Port Authority's railroad division neglected (forgot?) to renew an escalator/elevator maintenance contract; earlier this year, the same folks also underestimated the cost of rebuilding tracks and other facilities by 47 percent.
And alas, the arrival of those wonderful refurbished cars we've been promised for years has been delayed, yet again.