PATCO celebrates its 50th anniversary with big discount on Friday morning

PATCO is celebrating its 50th anniversary with fares at the cost they were in 1969. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

PATCO is celebrating its 50th anniversary with fares at the cost they were in 1969. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The PATCO high-speed line is turning 50 and the transit line is celebrating with some throwback fares on Friday morning.

To celebrate the golden anniversary of the trains that run from Lindenwold, New Jersey to Philadelphia, PATCO General Manager John Rink said they are rolling back fares to where they were 50 years ago in 1969.

The minimum fare from Camden to Philadelphia was 30 cents back then. The max — to Lindenwold or Ashland in New Jersey  — was 60 cents.

PATCO workers will fan out to spread the good news during Friday’s morning commute.

“In stations from Lindenwold to Broadway, we are going to have staff greeting and thanking our customers,” Rink said. “We printed up the original timetable and we’re going to hand them out thanking our customers for riding PATCO and let them know about the retro fare.”

The retro fares will be available for riders on Friday from 6 – 11 a.m.

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