Trenton Transit Center
New Jersey Transit commuter rail station
SEPTA Regional Rail commuter station
River Line light rail station
Looking westward along Track 4 towards the center of the station
|Address||72 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08609
|Connections|| NJT Bus: 409, 418, 600, 601, 604, 606, 608, 609, 611, and 619
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Parking||3450 spaces and 68 handicap spaces|
15 March 2004 (NJT River LINE)
|Rebuilt||1893, 1976, 2008|
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Fare zone||22 (NJT Northeast Corridor)
1 (NJT River Line)
NJ (SEPTA Trenton Line)
|Passengers (2012)||4,638 (average weekday) (NJT)|
|Passengers (2013)||425,075 1.3% (Amtrak)|
Trenton Transit Center, formerly known as Trenton Rail Station, is the main passenger train station in Trenton, New Jersey. It is the westernmost stop in New Jersey on the Northeast Corridor. It is the terminus for New Jersey Transit trains to and from New York City and SEPTA Trenton Line Regional Rail trains to and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an intermediate station for Amtrak trains traveling between the two cities along the Northeast Corridor.
Bus service at the station consists of local New Jersey Transit routes, including Capital Connection buses, serving the New Jersey Capitol Complex, and regional service to Philadelphia via Camden. In addition, the station serves as the northern terminus for SEPTA buses to Oxford Valley Mall. Greyhound Bus service to the station was previously available but has been discontinued.
Trenton Transit Center has two levels; the upper level with ticket offices, ticket machines, two snack kiosks, and a McDonald's restaurant. From that level steps lead down to the two island platforms for the trains. The eastbound island platform (Tracks 1 & 2) also has a newsstand/snack kiosk.
A $56.6 million renovation is currently under way, which will include an addition of a mezzanine level providing additional office and retail space. New lighting, air-conditioning, information displays, escalators, and elevators will also be installed. Construction is anticipated to last two years.
Rail service in Trenton dates back to the days of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, which built a station on East Street in 1837, until it was moved to the current site in 1863. The C&A was merged into the United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company in 1867 and acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1893, which replaced the station the same year. As with many Pennsylvania Railroad stations especially in New Jersey, the station became a Penn Central station once the New York Central & Pennsylvania Railroads merged in 1968. Amtrak took over intercity railroad service in 1971, but Penn Central continued to serve commuters, even as it was reduced to little more than a platform in 1972. In 1976, Penn Central built the new Trenton Rail Station just as the railroad was being acquired by Conrail. By 1983, the station became part of the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, but also continued to serve Amtrak as well as SEPTA Regional Rail to Philadelphia. From 2006-2008, a major reconstruction project authorized by NJT took place with $46 Million worth of federal aid, and $33 Million worth of state funding that resulted in the replacement with the current Trenton Transit Center.
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- "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. December 27, 2012. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of New Jersey" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Trenton Amtrak Station (TRE) Great American Stations (Amtrak)
Media related to Trenton Transit Center at Wikimedia Commons
- NJT rail station information page for Trenton Transit Center
- DepartureVision real time train information for Trenton Transit Center
- NJT Northeast Corridor Line schedule
- NJT River Line station information page for Trenton Transit Center
- River Line schedule
- Amtrak – Stations – Trenton, NJ
- New Jersey Transit Trenton Station Renovation page
- SEPTA - Trenton Transit Center
- Web site showcased in the informational kiosks within the Trenton Transit Center
- Station Building from Google Maps Street View
- Light Rail Station from Google Maps Street View
- Station Building and track platforms from Bing Birds-eye View