PATCO will adjust its construction schedule on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to easy rush hour delays. Credit: Metro file photo
Responding to commuters' complaints of rush hour congestion, PATCO announced Monday it will adjust its construction-related track closures across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge — at least for the time being.
Since January, PATCO has been closing one track across the bridge from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning, impacting a total of three rush hour commutes each week. The new construction schedule has the bridge down to one track from 10 a.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday, meaning only one rush hour commute will be affected, NJ.com reported.
The new schedule will begin Friday.
PATCO has been running its Speedline trains across the bridge with 30-minute gaps in service to accommodate its two-year, $102.8 million track rehabilitation during the Friday evening, Monday morning and Monday evening rush hours.
The new, more commuter-friendly schedule is only expected to last a few months. Beginning sometime around Memorial Day, the one-lane closure will be 24 hours a day, seven days a week for about two months.