Claymont station

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Claymont
SEPTA.svg
SEPTA Regional Rail station
Claymont Station.jpg
Claymont station in April 2012, facing south
LocationMyrtle & Marion Avenues
Claymont, Delaware
Coordinates39°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
Owned byDART First State
Line(s)Northeast Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
ConnectionsLocal Transit DART First State: 31, 61
Construction
Parking509 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
Closed1982–1990[1]
Rebuilt1991[1]
Services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Wilmington
toward Newark
Wilmington/​Newark Line Marcus Hook
Former services
Preceding station Pennsylvania Railroad Following station
Edge Moor
toward Wilmington
Wilmington Line Naaman

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.

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. The former depot, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, burned down on July 25, 1981.[2] When SEPTA took over service from Conrail on January 1, 1983, Claymont station was closed as service in Delaware was eliminated.[3] 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.[4] The new station is projected to cost $71 million. Construction on the Claymont Regional Transportation Center is planned to begin in spring 2019 with completion expected in fall 2021.[5]

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.

G
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)
← Amtrak services do not stop here
Inbound Amtrak 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
  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
  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.
  5. ^ "New Claymont Train Station Project to Begin in Spring" (PDF) (Press release). DART First State. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Claymont station at Wikimedia Commons