PATCO Stations Running Direct Service for Eagles Victory Parade

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For South Jersey, there are limited ways to get into Philadelphia.

But the PATCO service line is a popular option for this week’s Eagles Victory parade.

“We’re basing our schedule for the day on what we did with the Pope,” said John Hanson, president of PATCO and CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority.

Starting at 3:00 a.m., there will only be four stations operating in South Jersey, bringing residents to one Philadelphia stop: Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, and Broadway going to the 9th/10th and Locust station.

Get there early. Because if there’s more than 80,000, we’re not going to be able to serve them.

After 6:00 a.m., trains will be switching over to Express service; bringing fans directly into Philly.

“As soon as they fill up, the train will go, the next train will pull in and we’ll load up,” said Hanson. “Probably every five minutes.”

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Around 1:20 p.m., PATCO lines will start to switch over to Eastbound back to South Jersey, departing only from the 9th/10th  and Locust stop and hitting all four stations.

Hanson suggests buying your tickets early; they’re good for three days but need to be purchased at the station being used.

“I know what the lines are going to be like here Thursday morning,” said Brian Adler of Mt. Laurel, who bought his speedline tickets early. “When I came to the Pope a couple of years ago, I also came early to buy, and you totally beat the lines that way.”

Buying a ticket for the PATCO is the easy part.

The hard part?

Using one of these tickets to try to find a seat, or even space on one of the PATCO lines, as you join the thousands of other people traveling into Philadelphia for the victory parade.

“Get there early,” said Hanson. “Because if there’s more than 80,000, we’re not going to be able to serve them.”

Over two million people are expected to attend the parade, but PATCO officials say they can only carry over about 80,000 throughout the day, with trains expected to be crowded.

“It’s going to be fun,” said John Goodwin, of Mt. Laurel who bought his ticket in advance. “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a long time coming for everyone here, everyone in the city. It’s going to be a party.”

“I’ve been waiting my entire life to see the Eagles win a Super Bowl and I am just pumped about it, totally,” said Matthew Hyde of Voorhees.

For fans trying to avoid the speedline, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge walkway will be open for pedestrians.

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