Maricopa station

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Maricopa, AZ
California Zephyr - Maricopa Train Station HDR.jpg
Former California Zephyr dome car at the station
Location 19427 N. John Wayne Pkwy
Maricopa, AZ 85239
United States
Coordinates 33°03′23″N 112°02′51″W / 33.056353°N 112.047372°W / 33.056353; -112.047372Coordinates: 33°03′23″N 112°02′51″W / 33.056353°N 112.047372°W / 33.056353; -112.047372
Owned by Amtrak and Pinal County
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code MRC
History
Opened 1996
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 11,849[1]Increase 5.32%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
toward New Orleans
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago

Maricopa is an Amtrak train station at 19427 North John Wayne Parkway in Maricopa, Arizona in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. Passenger rail service is provided thrice-weekly in each direction by the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. Maricopa was added as a stop after Amtrak was forced to withdraw from Union Station in Phoenix due to deteriorated track conditions on a secondary Union Pacific Railroad line which diverged from the mainline to serve Phoenix.[2] Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Service is provided from the Maricopa Amtrak Station to/from Phoenix and Tempe.

On display is a restored Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad dome car, The Silver Horizon (car #375).[3] The dome car served as the station office, but proved unsuitable. It has since been replaced by the former Tucson, Arizona station building, a double-wide modular trailer coach train.

Arizona State Route 347 is located adjacent to the station. Due to the rescheduling of Amtrak service from the overnight hours to the morning rush hour in the eastbound direction, the train must make four separate stops in order to load and unload passengers due to the short length of the station platform. The city of Maricopa and Union Pacific Railroad have studied moving the station west onto city-owned property and building a siding for the train for a cost of $4.2 million, to be paid for by various state, regional, and Gila River Indian Community funds.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Arizona" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  2. ^ State of Arizona 2007 Railroad Inventory and Assessment: A final report to the Arizona Department of Transportation, page 91 (accessed December 12, 2008)
  3. ^ A short history of our Maricopa station. Archived 2013-08-25 at the Wayback Machine. Amtrak's Texas Eagle (URL accessed September 17, 2006).
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 

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