Claymont station

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Claymont
SEPTA.svg
SEPTA Regional Rail station
Claymont Station.jpg
Claymont station in April 2012, facing south
Location Myrtle & Marion Avenues
Claymont, Delaware
Coordinates 39°47′51″N 75°27′08″W / 39.7976°N 75.4521°W / 39.7976; -75.4521Coordinates: 39°47′51″N 75°27′08″W / 39.7976°N 75.4521°W / 39.7976; -75.4521
Line(s) Northeast Corridor
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit DART First State: 31, 61
Construction
Parking 509 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 4
History
Closed 1982–1990[1]
Rebuilt 1991[1]
Services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
toward Newark
Wilmington/Newark Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Wilmington
Wilmington Line

Claymont station is a station along the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor in Claymont, Delaware; Amtrak services do not stop here and the station is only served by SEPTA. This station is the first stop in Delaware, continuing towards Wilmington and Newark. It is located at Myrtle & Marion Avenues and includes a 509 space parking lot. The line offers southbound service to Wilmington and Newark, Delaware and northbound service to Philadelphia. The south end of the station contains a long pedestrian bridge that crosses over Interstate 495 to Governor Printz Boulevard. The former depot, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, burned down on July 25, 1981.[2]

History[edit]

Claymont station was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a commuter rail stop between Philadelphia and Wilmington. Service passed on to the Penn Central Railroad in 1968 and Conrail in 1976. When SEPTA took over service from Conrail on January 1, 1983, Claymont station was closed as service in Delaware was eliminated.[3] The former station building burned down in the late 1980s. Claymont station reopened to SEPTA service in 1991, with retrofitted bus shelters constructed at the station.[1]

Future[edit]

The current Claymont station is slated to be replaced with the Claymont Regional Transportation Center. The new station will be located 12 mile (0.80 km) north of the current station at the former site of Evraz Claymont Steel, which is being redeveloped into a mixed-use office, commercial, and light industrial development, and will have connections to area roads, public transportation, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Plans for the new station date back to 2005. On July 29, 2016, the Claymont Regional Transportation Center received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new station is projected to cost $40 million and is expected to open in 2020.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Claymont has two low-level side platforms with walkways connecting passengers to the inner tracks. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor lines bypass the station via the inner tracks.

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Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound Wilmington/Newark Line toward Wilmington or Newark (Wilmington)
Outbound Wilmington/Newark Line toward Wilmington or Newark (Wilmington)
Northeast Corridor services do not stop here
Inbound Northeast Corridor services do not stop here →
Wilmington/Newark Line toward Temple University (Marcus Hook)
Inbound Wilmington/Newark Line toward Temple University (Marcus Hook)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Exit/entrance and parking

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. p. 4-6, 4-8. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fire Termed Suspicious Guts Delaware Train Station". The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 27, 1981. p. 2B. Retrieved March 30, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Rail Unions Set Strike Deadline". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. February 10, 1983. p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "$10 Million TIGER Grant Will Begin Construction of New Claymont Regional Transportation Center" (Press release). DART First State. July 29, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Claymont station at Wikimedia Commons