Franklin Square

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Franklin Square
Franklin Square Alleyway.jpg
The alleyway connecting the two side platforms.
Location6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′17″N 75°08′58″W / 39.95465°N 75.14953°W / 39.95465; -75.14953Coordinates: 39°57′17″N 75°08′58″W / 39.95465°N 75.14953°W / 39.95465; -75.14953
Owned byDelaware River Port Authority
Platforms2 inter-connecting side platforms
Tracks2
History
OpenedJune 7, 1936
ClosedSeptember 9, 1979
(4th time, low ridership)
Former/future services
Preceding station Delaware River Port Authority Following station
8th & Market PATCO Speedline City Hall
toward Lindenwold

Franklin Square is an unused PATCO Speedline station located at Franklin Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

The station first opened on June 7, 1936, along with 8th Street in Philadelphia and City Hall and Broadway in Camden, New Jersey, as part of Philadelphia Rapid Transit's Bridge Line service.[1] The station was open for several intervals, each time eventually being closed for low ridership. Most recently, the station was refurbished and reopened as a PATCO station in 1976, coinciding with the United States Bicentennial celebration. The station remained open until 1979, when it was closed again due to low ridership. Approximate years of operation were 1936–1939, 1943–1946, 1952–1953, and 1976–1979, with sources varying on the details.[2][3][4]

All PATCO trains pass through Franklin Square upon crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and entering Philadelphia. The platform and walkway are visible when looking out of the left side of the train. From the surface, entrances are visible, but sealed by concrete.

The station will be rebuilt starting in 2020 and is expected to reopen in 2023.[5][6]


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