Norristown Transportation Center
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|SEPTA multimodal transportation center|
A Manayunk/Norristown Line train passes under the Norristown High Speed Line platforms
|Location||DeKalb St & East Lafayette St
|Platforms||2 side platforms (regional rail)
1 island platform (NHSL)
|Tracks||2 + 2|
|Connections|| SEPTA Suburban Bus
Schuylkill River Trail
|Parking||520 space parking garage
136 Free surface parking
44 with Permits
|Bicycle facilities||4 racks|
|Fare zone||3 (Regional Rail)|
|Electrified||25 Hz (Regional Rail)
Third rail (NHSL)
Norristown Transportation Center is a two-level multimodal public transportation regional hub located in Norristown, Pennsylvania and operated by SEPTA. It opened in 1989 to replace the older Norristown High Speed Line (Route 100) terminus one block away at Main and Swede Streets, and integrated the former Reading Company DeKalb Street Norristown railroad station (built 1933) into its structure. A plaque embedded in the sidewalk (between the bus lane and Lafayette Streets) commemorates the location of one of the columns of the dismantled segment of the Philadelphia and Western Railroad (P&W) trestle.
Today, Norristown Transportation Center (NTC) is the final stop on the Norristown High Speed Line which runs from 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Norristown. It is also a stop on the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line which offers service to Center City Philadelphia via Conshohocken and Manayunk. In FY 2013, the regional rail service at Norristown Transportation Center had a weekday average of 848 boardings and 799 alightings.
In addition to rail service, NTC serves as the center of SEPTA's Frontier Division, particularly the routes operating in Montgomery County. Bus routes serving NTC operate with a "timed transfer"; for the most part, buses leave at the same time, to maximize possible transfers between routes. These routes serve areas of Norristown and other areas in Montgomery County.
SEPTA Frontier routes that serve Norristown Transportation Center are:
- 90 - to Plymouth Meeting Mall via Penn Square
- 91 - to Graterford State Prison via Eagleville (Saturdays only)
- 93 - to Charles W. Dickinson Transportation Center in Pottstown via Collegeville and Philadelphia Premium Outlets
- 96 - to Lansdale via Montgomery Mall and North Wales
- 97 - to Chestnut Hill via Barren Hill and Conshohocken
- 98 - to Plymouth Meeting Mall via Blue Bell
- 99 - to Phoenixville via King of Prussia Transit Center at King of Prussia Mall, Audubon and Oaks
- 131 - to Audubon and Valley Forge Corporate Complex via Jeffersonville
Norristown Transportation Center is served by theconnector shuttle bus operated by the King of Prussia District, which connects Manayunk/Norristown Line trains at the station to the business parks in King of Prussia during peak weekday hours.
NTC is located at DeKalb & Lafayette Streets near the banks of the Schuylkill River and boasts a parking garage (built in 2008). Intercity bus service by Bieber Tourways, Greyhound, and Martz Trailways was recently introduced to Norristown.
Additionally, Norristown Transportation Center was formerly an important transfer point between electric and Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDCs) service to points north, such as Valley Forge, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Reading and Pottsville. RDC service was eliminated in 1981 due to budget cuts. Proposals for service restoration to Reading, dubbed the Schuylkill Valley Metro, have been floated around since the late 1990s, but nothing has gone past the discussion phase.
- "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 61" (PDF). (539 KB)
- "theconnector schedule" (PDF). King of Prussia District. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
- "SEPTA unveils new Norristown parking garage". 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
- Thanks to Bieber, buses rolling again in Norristown
- New Norristown Transportation Center Bus Terminal Open For Business
Media related to Norristown Transportation Center at Wikimedia Commons
- SEPTA - Norristown Transportation Center
- Norristown Transportation Center (The Subway Nut)
- DeKalb Street entrance from Google Maps Street View