Every PATCO station is open for the first time since March

Westmont Station on the PATCO Lindenwold Line in Haddon Township, N.J.
Photo credit Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 11:30 a.m.

HADDON TWP., N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — PATCO has reopened four stations that had been closed for nearly six months, as the transit system looks to boost capacity and service. 

On Monday, the Westmont, Ashland and City Hall stations in South Jersey opened again, along with the station at 12th/13th streets and Locust Street in Center City.

All four of the stations were closed on March 28 as part of PATCO’s COVID-19 response. 

The agency says each station, except for the stop at 9th/10th streets and Locust Street, are now open 24 hours a day.

“Our goal now is to ensure our service provides enough capacity so that there is enough room on platforms and trains to facilitate appropriate social distancing,” PATCO General Manager John Rink said in a statement. 

The system is still reminding passengers that, along with social distancing, face coverings are still mandatory in stations, on platforms and in the trains. Crews are still focusing on cleanliness, and hand sanitizer is available at every station.

The pandemic isn’t over yet. At the Westmont Station in Haddon Township, there were plenty of parking spots available during Monday morning rush, because many people are still working or learning remotely.