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Released: 3/19/2009 

Puppies Take Their First Train Ride On PATCO

PATCO will host a group of  four-legged passengers this Saturday, March 21, when 25 seeing eye puppy trainees take their first ever train ride.  The seeing-eye-puppies-in-training will ride PATCO from Cherry Hill to Philadelphia along with 70 trainers.  PATCO is proud to be part of this training for over 10 years.

The puppies will board the 10:03 am train at Woodcrest in Cherry Hill and travel west to PATCO’s 8th and Market Station.  The puppies and their trainers will then go to the National Constitution Center.  They will end their day with a ride on the 2:23 pm train back to Woodcrest.  Media are invited to follow along.

Every aspect of the trip will help further the puppies’ education and socialization.  The puppies will be exposed to travel situations and the sights and sounds of the city.  When fully trained, the puppies will help the blind lead more independent lives.

The puppies taking part in the train ride are from Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties.  Information about training the puppies is available at

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.

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