Norristown Transportation Center

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Norristown
SEPTA.svg
R6 420 - 5341 - N5 - Norristown TC - 2-18-06.jpg
A Manayunk/Norristown Line train passes under the Norristown High Speed Line platforms
Location DeKalb St & East Lafayette St
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States
Coordinates 40°06′47″N 75°20′42″W / 40.113125°N 75.345054°W / 40.113125; -75.345054Coordinates: 40°06′47″N 75°20′42″W / 40.113125°N 75.345054°W / 40.113125; -75.345054
Owned by SEPTA
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms (regional rail)
1 island platform (NHSL)
Tracks 2 + 2
Connections Suburban Bus SEPTA Suburban Bus
Bus transport theconnector
Bus transport Greyhound
Bus transport Martz Trailways
Schuylkill River Trail
Construction
Parking 520 space parking garage
136 Free surface parking
44 with Permits
Bicycle facilities 4 racks
Disabled access Yes (NHSL)
Other information
Fare zone 3 (Regional Rail)
History
Opened 1989
Electrified 25 Hz (Regional Rail)
Third rail (NHSL)
Services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
Manayunk/​Norristown Line
toward Elm Street
TerminusNorristown High Speed Line
Local
toward 69th Street
Norristown High Speed Line
Express
Norristown High Speed Line
Limited
Former services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
Norristown Line
toward Pottsville
Lehigh Valley Transit Company
toward Allentown
Liberty Bell High Speed Line
Until 1951
via Rink station
toward 69th Street
Reading Railroad
TerminusMain Line
toward Pottsville
toward North Broad
Norristown Branch
toward Elm Street

Norristown Transportation Center is a two-level multimodal public transportation regional hub located in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, 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.

Services[edit]

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.[1]

SEPTA Frontier Division buses at night

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:

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.[2]

Old Norristown station configuration. The Lehigh Valley Transit Company's Liberty Bell High Speed Line was a continuation of the existing Norristown High Speed Line along Swede Road and then E. Airy Street before turning onto Markley Street where it meets up with the existing Manayunk/Norristown Line. The current Manayunk/Norristown Line continued to Valley Forge instead of going to Main Street along Lafayette Street.

NTC is located at DeKalb & Lafayette Streets near the banks of the Schuylkill River and boasts a parking garage (built in 2008).[3] Intercity bus service by Bieber Transportation Group, Greyhound, and Martz Trailways was recently introduced to Norristown.[4][5] Bieber Transportation Group ended service to Norristown on April 1, 2018.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 61" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-12. (539 KB)
  2. ^ "theconnector schedule" (PDF). King of Prussia District. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "SEPTA unveils new Norristown parking garage". 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
  4. ^ Thanks to Bieber, buses rolling again in Norristown
  5. ^ New Norristown Transportation Center Bus Terminal Open For Business

External links[edit]

Media related to Norristown Transportation Center at Wikimedia Commons