- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Philadelphia’s commuter trains are extending more trips to Delaware.

Beginning Monday, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has a new train schedule that closes a two-hour gap between trains leaving Center City Philadelphia and running to Delaware stations after 7:45 p.m. on weekdays.

In addition, new afternoon express train service shortly after 3 p.m. weekdays will serve Claymont, Wilmington, Churchmans Crossing, and Newark. A local train leaving Philadelphia at 3:21 also will run to Wilmington, rather than stopping at Marcus Hook.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says the increase in service resulted from Delaware commuters who asked for changes in a petition. More than 1,700 people signed the petition that was started in July.

Some commuters are continuing to push for an upgrade to hourly train service between Philadelphia and Wilmington.

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