Fox Chase (SEPTA station)
SEPTA regional rail station
The new Fox Chase station depot as seen in December 2012.
|Address||442 Rhawn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111
|Connections||SEPTA City Bus: 18, 24, 28|
|Platforms||2 Spanish solution (2 side platforms, 1 island platform)|
Fox Chase is the current terminus of SEPTA's Fox Chase Line. It is located just west of the intersection of Rhawn Street and Rockwell Avenue in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fox Chase Station, which has the largest number of parking spaces of any on the line (342), is the closest regional rail stop to the neighborhoods of Fox Chase, Bustleton, and Pine Valley, and Rockledge and Huntingdon Valley in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. SEPTA rebuilt the station area and ticket office in Summer 2010, using funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Electrified service between Newtown Junction and Fox Chase Station was opened on September 25, 1966. In the late 1970s, there were plans to extend electrification to the line's actual terminus in Newtown, using funds supplied by both Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Had the electrification plans come to fruition, the Walnut Hill Station would have been closed, and trains would have operated non-stop from Fox Chase to Huntingdon Valley. Unfortunately, Bucks County was unable to come up with the needed funds, and electrification was put on hold indefinitely.
Service in the diesel-only territory north of Fox Chase was discontinued on January 13, 1983, due to failing diesel train equipment that SEPTA had no desire to repair. Although rail service beyond Fox Chase was replaced with a Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus in 1983-1999, patronage remained light. Like British rail passengers victim of the 1960s-era Beeching cuts in the U.K., the traveling public never saw a bus service as a suitable replacement for a train service that operated more efficiently and quickly. There are no plans to reinstate service, and Fox Chase remains the official end of the Newtown line.
- Fox Chase is onboard with Plans for Train Station
- Pawson, John R. (1979). Delaware Valley Rails: The Railroads and Rail Transit Lines of the Philadelphia Area. Willow Grove, Pennsylvania: John R. Pawson. p. 59. ISBN 0-9602080-0-3.
- Bumpers at former grade crossing of Rhwan Street at Fox Chase Station (Google Street View)
- Schwieterman, Joseph P. (2001). When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment, Eastern United States. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press. p. 266. ISBN 0943549973. OCLC 702179808.
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- Current schedule for the SEPTA Fox Chase/Newtown
- SEPTA – Fox Chase Station
- Newtown Line.pa-tec.org – PA-TEC study on resuming SEPTA commuter service between Fox Chase and Newtown
- Picture of the old station building, circa 1961.
- Station from Rhawn Street from Google Maps Street View