Ken S. wrote:Acoording to this, it was NJDOT who cut the service back to Lindenwold.
According to that same article, NJDOT also created the PATCO High Speed Line.
The NJDOT stepped in and cut back PRSL service from Philadelphia to Lindenwold, creating the high speed PATCO (Port Authority Transit Co.) linking Philadelphia to Lindenwold via Camden.
I'm sure that comes as a surprise to the DRPA who fully funded the initial PATCO build.
PATCO and through PRSL service to Philadelphia coexisted for only a couple of months. The PRSL operation was cut back to Lindenwold in October of 1969. The reason was probably money and politics. Stopping at Lindenwold saved car miles, fuel, and access fees to Philadelphia. The DRPA owned the right-of-way between Haddonfield and Lindenwold and certainly preferred seeing the PRSL passengers taking the last part of their trip on PATCO. I'm quite sure that passenger convenience was not a factor in the decision.
In the early days, the PRSL contributed several hundred riders a day to PATCO. On Mondays in the summer months, PATCO would operate a dedicated four car train just to handle the passengers coming off the 7:35am arrival of the Cape May, Ocean City train. The special would stand by east of Lindenwold station and then position when the PRSL train arrived.