Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Escalator fix and woes at PATCO's Woodcrest station

PATCO will spend at least $63,613 to fix a broken escalator at the Woodcrest station in Cherry Hill, while a second out-of-service escalator there is demolished.

Both escalators at the busy commuter rail station have been out of service for weeks, like many of PATCO's escalators. On Thursday, seven of PATCO's 14 escalators were broken.

PATCO has hired ThyssenKrupp AG to repair the westbound escalator at Woodcrest station. If work crews determine the escalator's gear box needs to be repaired, the company may charge PATCO an additional fee of up to $21,581, PATCO spokesman Tim Ireland said.

"We estimate the work will be completed no later than early February," Ireland said.

The eastbound escalator at the station will be demolished and replaced, which could take nine months.

- Paul Nussbaum

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