Newark Rail Station (Delaware)

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This article is about the Amtrak station in Delaware. For the station in New Jersey, see Pennsylvania Station (Newark).
Newark
Amtrak station
SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail station
Newark Station.jpg
The station at Newark, as seen from the Temple University and Center City Philadelphia-bound platform in April 2012.
Station statistics
Address 10 Mopar Drive
Newark, DE 19713
Coordinates 39°40′13″N 75°45′11″W / 39.67028°N 75.75306°W / 39.67028; -75.75306
Line(s) Amtrak: SEPTA Regional Rail:
Connections Local Transit DART First State: 16, 33, 59, 65
James F. Hall Trail
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 380 spaces
Other information
Opened 1877
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code NRK
Owned by Amtrak
Fare zone 4 (SEPTA)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 12,971[1] Decrease 12% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Northeast Regional
SEPTA.svg SEPTA
Terminus Wilmington/Newark Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad
toward Philadelphia
Newark Passenger Station
Newark Rail Station (Delaware) is located in Delaware
Newark Rail Station (Delaware)
Location South College Avenue
and Amtrak RR,
Newark, Delaware
Coordinates 39°40′13″N 75°45′11″W / 39.67028°N 75.75306°W / 39.67028; -75.75306Coordinates: 39°40′13″N 75°45′11″W / 39.67028°N 75.75306°W / 39.67028; -75.75306
Area 0.1 acres (0.04 ha)
Built 1877
Architect S. T. Fuller
Architectural style Late Victorian, High Victorian
Governing body Private
MPS Newark MRA
NRHP Reference # 82002346[2]
Added to NRHP May 07, 1982

Newark Station is a station in Newark, Delaware, on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, serving Amtrak Northeast Regional trains and SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line Regional Rail trains.

Service[edit]

The Newark station is the southern terminus of weekday service for SEPTA; it does not serve the station on weekends. Like all stations in Delaware, SEPTA service is provided under contract and funded through DART First State.

The station is located at Mopar Drive and South College Avenue, and travelers arriving at the station must walk a few blocks north along South College Avenue to reach the University of Delaware or the businesses centered around Main Street. A 380 space parking lot exists, mostly serving park and ride passengers bound for Wilmington, Delaware, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The James F. Hall trail also runs along the north side of the tracks.[3]

The station building, originally constructed by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad in 1877, is adjacent to the southbound platform, but is now home to the Newark Historical Society[4] , but does not function as a train station. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since May 7, 1982. The station is built on a "T" plan with a hipped cross-gable roof and Victorian detailing such as ornamental brackets and sawtooth brickwork.[5]

In 1986, Newark's city council authorized an application for a state of Delaware Bicentennial Improvement Fund grant for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Newark station, and on March 27, 1987, Amtrak deeded the station building to the city. By September, the city had hired John Milner Associates of West Chester, Pa., to develop architectural specifications for restoration. Restoration work encompassed the first floor ticket booths, the ladies' and men's waiting rooms, modernized upstairs offices, and rebuilt canopies on the exterior.[5]

Proposed renovation and upgrades in service[edit]

Recently a new federal grant was awarded to upgrade the station into a multi-modal hub. This includes new platform, eliminating grade crossings, upgrades to the adjacent rail yard and new ticketing machines.[6]

Additionally, many track upgrades between Newark and Wilmington are now underway including adding complete third track.[7] This would allow northbound and southbound Amtrak trains unrestricted travel while commuters trains could travel in the third track between local stops.

An extension of Maryland's MARC commuter rail service has been discussed, connecting Newark to Baltimore and Washington D.C.[8]

Previously the plan was to build a new station near Route 72 (Library Avenue) and South Chapel Street (Approximate Location 39°40′23″N 75°44′24″W / 39.673°N 75.74°W / 39.673; -75.74) is listed on the Federal Transit Administration's "Final Design" list; however, since the University of Delaware's acquisition of land surrounded the existing station the station no longer needs to move to grow.

Longest (almost) continuous trip on commuter rail[edit]

Newark station is the southern terminus of the longest nearly continuous trip by commuter rail in the Northeast Corridor. By using a combination of SEPTA, New Jersey Transit, Metro-North Railroad, and Shore Line East it is possible to travel all the way to New London, Connecticut, a distance of 258.31 miles (415.71 km). It is necessary, however, to take a short hop on the subway, quick cab ride or mile walk from NJ Transit service at New York's Penn Station to the Metro-North service at Grand Central Terminal (although Metro-North plans on expanding the Hudson Line via Amtrak's Empire Service and Maple Leaf trains and the New Haven Line via the Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains to New York Penn Station, thus creating a direct commuter route across the Northeast Corridor).

The Northeast Corridor leaves Penn Station through the East River Tunnels used (though not owned) by the Long Island Rail Road, then finds its way through Long Island City and Astoria in Queens, over Wards and Randall's Islands and through the South Bronx. The Metro-North's New Haven Line rejoins the Northeast Corridor between its Pelham and New Rochelle stations in Westchester County.

An exception to this necessary and complex transfer occurs when Metro-North operates Game-day service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which operates via Penn Station (by bypassing Grand Central via the Northeast Corridor) during football season, allowing the full 250-odd mile trip, albeit with a great deal of planning ahead of time as there is obviously no regular service. There are preliminary plans to bring Metro-North into Penn Station, following the completion of the Long Island Railroad's East Side Access project into Grand Central.

On a related note, the Maryland Transit Administration has made steps to extend its Penn Line from Perryville, Maryland to Newark, which would allow a continuous journey from Fredericksburg, Virginia to New London. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has also taken steps to extend service beyond Providence, Rhode Island to Wickford Junction in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, though no serious talks have begun on linking the MBTA and the Shore Line East. Such a venture, coupled with other planned service, would provide a very slow (though cheaper) journey all the way from West Virginia (New Brunswick Line - MARC) or Virginia (VRE) to New Hampshire, connecting eleven states and the District of Columbia, with both speeds and prices comparable to inter-city bus lines on the same routes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Delaware" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "James F. Hall Trail". Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Newark Historical Society". NEWARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed March 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tiger IV Rail Grant". 
  7. ^ "$13.3 Million Rail Grant". 
  8. ^ MTA Maryland (May 2011). "Summary Minutes MARC Riders Advisory Council Meeting" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

External links[edit]

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