PATCO's Lindenwold Line has proven that transit can attract motorists in an area of low population density and high automobile ownership. The transit cars are fully climate controlled, and so are the six new suburban stations, which have plenty of parking. The line was built without any Federal aid. Trains are operated by a one man crew, and stations are entirely unattended. Normal running speed is 75 mph. By the early 1950's, there were two underutilized facilities: the Camden High Speed Bridge Line and the PRSL suburban railroad network. The Lindenwold Line uses the old railroad right of way, the bridge line, and city subway. The philosphy was to select the best of the state-of-the-art hardware. Innovation for its own sake was not sought. The line is a high speed suburban electric railway providing transit-type service. A complete break with past organization was made, but past facilities have been preserved and improved. The line has 50 cars in married-pairs, and 25 single cars. Trains are from one to six cars. The automatic fare collection system has completely unattended stations. Exact change is not required. Closed circuit TV monitors are used. The ticket is a plastic card with magnetic encoding material. Automatic Train Operation provides fast operation.

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    Railway Systems and Management Association

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  • Authors:
    • VIGRASS, J W
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  • Accession Number: 00041608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway Management Review
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1973 12:00AM