Clifton–Aldan (SEPTA station)

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Clifton-Aldan
SEPTA regional rail and trolley station
Clifton-Aldan Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address Springfield Road & West Maryland Avenue
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
Coordinates 39°55′35″N 75°17′27″W / 39.92634°N 75.29075°W / 39.92634; -75.29075Coordinates: 39°55′35″N 75°17′27″W / 39.92634°N 75.29075°W / 39.92634; -75.29075
Line(s)
Connections (Sharon Hill Trolley)
Platforms 2 side platforms (Media/Elwyn)
Sidewalks(Route 102)
Tracks 2 (Media/Elwyn), 2 (Route 102)
Parking 110 Free/32 with Permits
Other information
Opened 1880
Electrified 1928 (Media/Elwyn)
Owned by SEPTA
Fare zone 2
Formerly Aldan
Services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
toward Elwyn
Media/Elwyn Line
  Transfer  
toward Sharon Hill
Route 102
toward 69th Street
(Closed March 15, 2010)
toward Sharon Hill
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward West Chester
West Chester Branch

Clifton-Aldan is a station along the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Line. It is located at Springfield Road & Maryland Avenue and has a 110-space parking lot. In 2013, this station saw 351 boardings and 329 alightings on an average weekday.[1]

This station is also within a walking distance of the Clifton-Aldan stop of the Route 102 Trolley (additional fare needed). The trolley stop is on the portion of the line where the tracks run in the streets rather than on their own right-of-way. Trolleys run beneath a narrow and low 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m) bridge over Springfield Road with a parallel pedestrian tunnel before approaching the regional railroad station.[2] South of the station, the Route 102 line moves from Springfield Road to Woodlawn Avenue. A shelter for the northbound trolley exists on Woodlawn Avenue near the corner of Springfield Road.

History[edit]

According to the Pennsylvania Railroad Stations Past & Present website, Clifton-Aldan Station was originally built in 1880 by the Pennsylvania Railroad as Aldan Station, in the style of a stone Victorian farm house 21/2 stories high.[3] Parking is available on the south side of the tracks on the corner of Springfield Road and West Maryland Avenue as well as on the north side of the tracks along Jefferson Street between South Springfield Road and South Penn Street.

On May 28, 2009, SEPTA approved a $2.6 million rehabilitation effort which will include Clifton-Aldan station.[4]

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The Route 102 Trolley to Sharon Hill emerges from the bridge over Springfield Road in 1976.