Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

More PATCO delays amid construction

PATCO rail commuters got another dose of delays and crowding on Friday evening rush-hour trains, as construction work and a broken-down train stalled service.

It was the first rush-hour of PATCO's newly revised construction schedule, which will continue through Memorial Day on Fridays after the morning rush and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

An eastbound train was taken out of service at the 15th-16th and Locust station, after passengers and crew heard a loud bang.

There were also reports of smoke, and Philadelphia firefighters quickly arrived, but PATCO president John Hanson said later that there had been no fire or smoke. He said the train was taken out of service as a precaution.

Hanson and other PATCO officials and police were on Center City platforms to keep order and help herd passengers onto trains.

The delays began subsiding about 5:30 p.m. - Paul Nussbaum

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