South Jersey commuter rail passengers will have a 10 percent fare hike to add to their post-holiday doldrums starting Jan. 1.
The federally mandated off-peak fare available to seniors, Medicare card holders and disabled customers enrolled in the Reduced Fare Program will increase 8 cents to 70 cents.
The 14-mile PATCO rail line carries about 38,000 passengers daily from the South Jersey suburbs to Center City Philadelphia.
The DRPA has also scheduled a July 2011 increase in tolls on its commuter bridges connecting Philadelphia and South Jersey.
The last PATCO fare hike was in September 2008 and it, too, was a 10 percent increase.
And PATCO isn't the only local transportation system raising the price of travel. Tolls along the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up three percent for E-ZPass users and 10 percent for everyone else.