Monday, August 31, 2015

PATCO rush hour delays for 'technical difficulties'


PATCO riders heading home during the evening rush hour this afternoon are sitting on delayed trains — again, the second rush hour of the week's first work day that the embattled transit line has run into difficulties.

The transit agency connecting Philadelphia and New Jersey said in a tweet on its account that delays of up to 20 minutes on both the east and west lines are due to "technical difficulties."

A spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority was not immediately available.

At about 5:30, PATCO said on its website that riders should expect "significant delays" because of another train malfunction.

"At 5:16 p.m., a motor shorted-out on a six-car train headed eastbound onto the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The first two cars are filling with smoke and passengers are being evacuated," PATCO said in a statement. "No reported injuries. Rush hour passengers are advised to expect significant delays."

One rider reported smoke inside the train cars, which had come to a complete stop.

Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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