Car Overhaul Program – To communicate the status of our car overhaul program more effectively, we have posted a graphic of the project’s status on the LCDs in our stations as well as on our website. This information was also featured in an e-newsletter to our customers. The graphic will be updated as cars are received from the car builder and put into service.
Escalators / Elevators – In July we again exceeded our goals. Availability of all escalators was 98.73% in July and 98.31% for the year to date. Availability of elevators was 99.52% in July and 99.41% for the year to date.
Ridership – Ridership in July, 2016 was 877,180, a decrease of 3,167 (-0.36%) when compared to the same period of 2015. The Independence Day holiday in 2016 was on a Monday whereas the holiday in 2015 was on a Saturday, and the number of weekdays varied. A more meaningful comparison of ridership in the month of July in 2016 vs. 2015 might be the average weekday: 37,468 in 2016 vs. 35,252 in 2015, a 6.3% increase.
Year to Date ridership as of 7/31/2016 was 6,188,585, an increase of 326,586 (+5.57%) when compared to the same period of 2015.
On-time Performance - The on-time performance for the 5,474 scheduled trips in July was 95.32%. Performance for the year to date is 96.01%.
PATCO proactively and routinely inspects the track area. We found a cracked frog, part of the interlocking through which trains change from one track to another. We immediately implemented an emergency track work schedule, but this one situation resulted in 17 annulments and 21 late trains. Other incidents affecting several trains included a medical emergency, storm damage, a signal failure at an interlocking, and a switch failure. A report of several trespassers in our track area prompted de-energization of a portion of the track, delaying ten trains including one held on the bridge. This procedure maximizes the safety of the individuals in the track area, including officers of the Public Safety Department.
PATCO Cares - CStar Animal Care’s Clinic reached out to PATCO, requesting an opportunity to share their information with PATCO customers at Lindenwold Station. This 501(c)(3) organization provides low-cost, high quality services including feline and canine spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping.