Maricopa (Amtrak station)

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Maricopa
California Zephyr - Maricopa Train Station HDR.jpg
The former California Zephyr dome car which served as the station building until 2005
Station statistics
Address 19427 N. John Wayne Parkway
Maricopa, AZ 85239
Coordinates 33°03′23″N 112°02′51″W / 33.056353°N 112.047372°W / 33.056353; -112.047372Coordinates: 33°03′23″N 112°02′51″W / 33.056353°N 112.047372°W / 33.056353; -112.047372
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code MRC
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 12,945[1] Increase 20%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
toward New Orleans
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago

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.[2]

On display is a restored Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad dome car, The Silver Horizon (car #375).[3] 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 It has since been replaced by the former Tucson, Arizona station building, a double-wide modular trailer coach train.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.[4][5]

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