Newark 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 station (Delaware) is located in Delaware
Newark 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.

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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