PATCO commuters will face another reduction in service sooner than expected so that construction workers have more time to replace tracks and ties on the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The new schedule, with fewer inconveniences for riders than the one that lasted from Memorial Day until Aug. 1, will start Friday. It is slated to last until Oct. 21.
Previously, PATCO had said the new round of construction would require a 50-day reduced schedule, starting on Labor Day weekend.
The new reductions in service will be caused by the closure of the track on the north side of the bridge for replacement of tracks, ties, signals, and other equipment. The equipment on the south side was replaced during a 60-day closure that ended Aug. 1.