$18M (at Least) for PATCO to Reopen Philadelphia's Ghost Station

A closed Philadelphia train stop commonly referred to as "Ghost Station" could be reopened at a cost exceeding $18 million to serve 1,300 passengers daily.

The Delaware River Port Authority is due to receive on Wednesday a report examining the feasibility of reopening the Port Authority Transit Corporation's Franklin Square Station in the Old City section of Philadelphia. The Delaware River Port Authority oversees the PATCO, the commuter rail that shuffles passengers between southern New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia.

The station was abandoned in 1979 and is dimly lit and eerie. The report says it would cost $18.5 million to resurrect it and another $8 million to install escalators and reopen additional entrances.

The station would serve 1,300 passengers each day. But the study says most of those already use another station in downtown Philadelphia.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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