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Thousands expected to attend event at Philadelphia baseball stadium

April 17, 2009

NEWARK, NJ — The River LINE will provide additional ridership capacity on Saturday, April 18, 2009 in an effort to accommodate customers traveling to Philadelphia to pay respects to legendary Philadelphia Phillies baseball broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died Monday.


Sixteen trains throughout the day will operate with two cars instead of one, providing twice the ridership capacity on those trips.  Each car can accommodate 90 seated customers and about 90 standees.  Normally, weekend service consists of one-car trains.


The River LINE will operate a normal Saturday schedule, with departures every 30 minutes from all stations.  The first southbound train will depart Trenton Transit Center at 6:14 a.m. and the first northbound trip will depart Entertainment Center Station in Camden at 5:44 a.m.


Customers can transfer at the River LINE’s Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden to PATCO rail service to Center City Philadelphia.  SEPTA provides transit service between Center City and the South Philadelphia sports complex where the Phillies’ home field, Citizens Bank Park, is located. 


River LINE customers are encouraged to purchase roundtrip tickets in advance to save time on their return trip.


The memorial service, scheduled from 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. will take place in the ballpark, followed by a tribute program and a baseball game between the Phillies and the San Diego Padres.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.