Maricopa (Amtrak station)
The former California Zephyr dome car which served as the station building until 2005
|Location||19427 N. John Wayne Parkway
Maricopa, AZ 85239
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2013)||12,945 20%|
The Maricopa (Amtrak station) is located at 19427 North John Wayne Parkway in Maricopa, Arizona in Pinal County, Arizona. Passenger rail service is provided thrice-weekly in each direction by the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. Maricopa was added as a stop after Amtrak was forced to withdraw from Phoenix due to deteriorated track conditions on a secondary Union Pacific Railroad line which diverged from the mainline to serve Phoenix.
On display is a restored Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad dome car, The Silver Horizon (car #375). The dome car served as the station office, but proved unsuitable. It has since been replaced by the former Tucson, Arizona station building, a double-wide modular trailer coach train.
Due to the rescheduling of Amtrak service from the overnight hours to the morning rush hour in the eastbound direction, Arizona State Route 347 is jammed adjacent to the station. The train must make four separate stops in order to load and unload passengers due to the short length of the station platform.
The city of Maricopa and Union Pacific Railroad have studied moving the station west onto city-owned property and building a siding for the train. The cost is $4.2 million, to be paid for by various state, regional, and Gila River Indian Community funds.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Arizona" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- State of Arizona 2007 Railroad Inventory and Assessment: A final report to the Arizona Department of Transportation, page 91 (accessed December 12, 2008)
- A short history of our Maricopa station. Amtrak's Texas Eagle (URL accessed September 17, 2006).
- Amtrak – Stations – Maricopa, AZ
- Maricopa Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Maricopa (MRC)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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