Trenton Line (SEPTA)
Train #4656 pulls into the Cornwells Heights station.
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|System||SEPTA Regional Rail|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Trenton Line (formerly called R7 Trenton) is a route of the SEPTA Regional Rail (commuter rail) system. The route serves the northeastern suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with service in Bucks County along the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey.
Trenton Line trains use Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, a 4-track railroad, from 30th Street Station via the Philadelphia Zoo (without stopping there), then across North Philadelphia, before running parallel to I-95 and then US 13 for several miles. It crosses the Delaware River at Trenton, New Jersey before making its final stop at Trenton Transit Center, which is also served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains. Electrified service between Philadelphia and Trenton began on June 29, 1930.
The Trenton line usually has two push-pull electric-locomotive-hauled trains on the morning express runs and two on the evening express runs. Each train is usually made up of 6 coach trailers made by Bombardier with AEM-7 or ALP-44 locomotives hauling them.
Those wishing to travel from Philadelphia to New York could formerly have taken Amtrak's Clocker service, but can still take its Northeast Regional. The Trenton Line service is coordinated with New Jersey Transit's (NJT) Northeast Corridor Service. This has proven to be a popular option for people travelling between Philadelphia and New York City; although the trip time is far more lengthy than Amtrak Regional service, the cost is roughly half of what Amtrak charges. NJT offers through ticketing from stations along the NEC to SEPTA stations, and NJT maintains a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) at the SEPTA concourse in the 30th Street Station that sells the joint NJT/SEPTA tickets. However, while joint NJT/SEPTA tickets can be purchased at NJT staffed stations, they cannot at most SEPTA staffed stations, with the exception of three Center City Philadelphia stops that have added NJT ticketing service at one window each.
On July 25, 2010 SEPTA renamed the service from the R7 Trenton to simply the Trenton Line as part of system-wide service change that drops the R-number naming and makes the Center City stations the terminus for all lines. This also ended the combined R7 Trenton/R7 Chestnut Hill East service.
List of stations
Stations that have existed on this line include:
|Zone||Miles from 30th St||Station||Boardings||City/Township||County||Notes|
|C||1.9||Zoological Garden||0||Philadelphia||Station operated from 1886 to circa 1911|
|2.8||Engleside||0||Abandoned April 5, 1903, due to competition from trolley companies|
|3.2||Ridge Avenue||0||Abandoned April 5, 1903, due to competition from trolley companies|
|3.9||22nd Street||0||Abandoned; not to be confused with the Allegheny station on the Manayunk/Norristown Line which was formerly called 22nd Street.|
|4.5||North Philadelphia||184||Originally called Germantown Junction. Including Chestnut Hill West Line, Amtrak, aerial|
|1||11th Street||0||station closed|
|North Penn Junction||0||station closed|
|Frankford Junction||0||station closed|
|10.1||Wissinoming||0||station closed November 5, 2003|
|Pierson's Station||0||station closed|
|Andalusia||0||Bensalem Township||Bucks County||station closed 1991|
|16.9||Cornwells Heights||1,657||Some Amtrak trains stop here, two exits on I-95 or Woodhaven Road.|
|Edgely||0||Bristol Township||station closed|
|5||26.0||Levittown||624||Tullytown||Also known as Levittown-Tullytown|
|Tullytown||0||closed and replaced 1953 by adjacent Levittown station|
|Morrisville||0||Morrisville||station closed 1969|
|6||32.5||Trenton||1,251||Trenton, New Jersey||Mercer County||New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, River Line. With all connections via NJT and Amtrak to New York City or Camden, New Jersey|
|Fiscal year||Average weekday||Annual passengers|
|Note: n/a = not available|