Middletown (Amtrak station)
Amtrak inter-city rail station
|Address||Union and Mill Streets
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2013)||81,030 10.2%|
Middletown Station is an Amtrak railroad station on the Keystone Corridor in Middletown, Dauphin County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The station is served by Amtrak's Keystone Service between New York City and Harrisburg. The current station was built in 1990, but a planned relocation of the station is expected to be completed in 2013.
Services and facilities
The Middletown station is located on Mill Street, off of Pennsylvania Route 441 (South Union Street). In addition to being used by residents of Middletown, the station is also popular with commuters heading to Harrisburg and Philadelphia who utilize its free parking. It sees twenty-three arrivals by the Keystone Service on weekdays—twelve from New York Penn Station and eleven from Harrisburg. Only eight trains from New York on Saturday and seven on Sunday; one fewer trains serve the station come from Harrisburg. The station is 10 miles (16 km) east of Harrisburg, 94 miles (151 km) west of 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, and 185 miles (298 km) from New York. In 2013, the station saw a ridership of 81,030 passengers, an increase of 10.2 percent from 2012.
The station consists of only a platform and a shelter. As the Middletown station is unstaffed, all tickets from the station need to be pre-paid, or purchased from a conductor on board the train. Capital Area Transit's Route 7 transit bus passes near the station on Union Street between Middletown, Harrisburg International Airport, and downtown Harrisburg.
A railroad was first laid through Middletown in 1836 by the Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Mount Joy and Lancaster Railroad, which was taken over by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1850. A brick station was built in 1902, but was demolished in the 1970s. Prior to the introduction of the Keystone Service in 1981, Middletown was served by the Big Apple, the Silverliner Service, and the Keystone. A shelter and concrete platform was built in 1990 by Amtrak. From 1991 to 1995, the Atlantic City Express served the station on weekends.
The Middletown station is in need of being relocated because it is currently on a superelevated curve and does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well. It is to be moved to a location at Ann Street and Pennsylvania Route 230, between the current station and Harrisburg International Airport. The new station would be completed by 2013 and would cost $30 million. Eighty percent of funding would be provided by the Federal Transit Administration and rest from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
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