In preparation for each Board Meeting, PATCO prepares a report for inclusion in the Agenda published on www.drpa.org. The highlights are offered below for the convenience of customers who are interested:
Mickle Street Tunnel - As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining the infrastructure essential to operating the rail line, PATCO’s Way & Power Department is replacing a total of 4800 feet of running rail in the Mickle Street Tunnel. Working through four shifts in two weekends in August, Way & Power staff replaced 2400 feet of rail on Track 1, and 2400 feet of Track 2 rail is being replaced at night during the first two weeks of September. In all cases, this work was done by PATCO staff while transit service continued to be available for our customers.
Transit Car Overhaul - During August, two additional cars arrived from the Alstom car builder plant in Hornell, New York. We now have 20 cars on site, 16 of which have been conditionally accepted.
Maintenance of Trains - PATCO performs routine, preventive maintenance and inspections in addition to responding to malfunctions of equipment. The mean distance between failures is measured against a goal, and although we faltered last month, primarily relating to a problem with a vendor’s part, our performance is trending upward in August.
Elevators/Escalators – Elevator availability was 99.8% for the month of August and 98.3% for the year to date. Availability of all escalators was 97.2% in August and 94.2% for the year to date. We far exceeded our goals of 97% and 90% for elevator and escalator availability, respectively.
Comcast WiFi – In preparation for offering WiFi to PATCO customers, Comcast has been conducting Beta testing in our subway and above-ground stations. We are pleased to be working with Comcast to provide this convenience to our customers, many, many of whom have expressed an interest in having WiFi available.
PATCO Cares – Representatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society spoke with customers at Woodcrest Station to increase awareness of the challenges of this disease and to promote the Bike MS Ride, which will begin at our Woodcrest Station on October 3, 2015.