Paoli station

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Paoli Station Pennsylvania 2018e.jpg
Location13 East Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301
Coordinates40°02′35″N 75°29′01″W / 40.04295°N 75.4837°W / 40.04295; -75.4837Coordinates: 40°02′35″N 75°29′01″W / 40.04295°N 75.4837°W / 40.04295; -75.4837
Owned byAmtrak[1]
Operated byAmtrak & SEPTA
Line(s)Keystone Corridor (Main Line)
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsSuburban Bus SEPTA Suburban Bus: 92, 106, 204, 205, 206
Parking486 spaces (177 daily, 309 permit)
Bicycle facilities4 racks (8 spaces)
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: PAO
Fare zone4 (SEPTA)
ElectrifiedSeptember 11, 1915[2]
Passengers (FY 2017)218,311[3]Increase 8.3% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2012)1,240 (weekday boardings)[4] (SEPTA)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service Ardmore
toward New York
toward Pittsburgh
Pennsylvanian Philadelphia
toward New York
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
toward Thorndale
Paoli/​Thorndale Line Daylesford
Former services
Preceding station Pennsylvania Railroad Following station
toward Chicago
Main Line Daylesford
Green Tree
toward Chicago
Terminus Paoli Line Daylesford

Paoli station is a passenger rail station located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 13 Lancaster Avenue (US 30), Paoli, Pennsylvania.[5] It is served by Amtrak's Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian trains, and most SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line trains. The station has ticket offices, a waiting room and a coffee shop. The one-story tan brick building was constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1953 at a cost of $140,000; it replaced an earlier Victorian depot built in 1893.[6]

This station is 19.9 track miles from Philadelphia's Suburban Station. In 2011, an average of 1,240 people boarded and 1,408 alighted SEPTA trains each weekday.[4]

Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center Project[edit]

Station prior to 2018 construction

The Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) Project involves the relocation and expansion of the Paoli Station to a new site near the existing facility.[7] Improvements associated with the new intermodal transportation center will include a bridge over the rail tracks (Darby Road which will replace Valley Road), renovation or replacement of the existing station building, new passenger waiting and ticketing facilities, passenger amenities, bus, shuttle, passenger parking facilities, and potential new retail and commercial business development.[8]

Construction for the $36 million station commenced in February 2017.[9][10]

Other future plans[edit]

The canceled light rail Greenline would have connected Paoli Station with the towns of Phoenixville and Oaks, Pennsylvania.[11]

Station layout[edit]

Paoli has two low-level side platforms with pathways connecting the platforms to the inner tracks, though switches allow trains to move to and from the outer tracks to reach the platform. Some SEPTA trains terminate/originate here. The center tracks were removed in 2017 to allow for the construction of a center high-level platform. In late 2018, temporary high-level side platforms were built for use with Amtrak services.[12]

G Street level Exit/entrance, parking, and ticket office
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 2 Paoli/Thorndale Line toward Malvern or Thorndale (Malvern)
Keystone Service toward Harrisburg (Exton)
Pennsylvanian toward Pittsburgh (Lancaster)
Track 1 Pennsylvanian toward New York (Philadelphia)
Keystone Service toward Philadelphia or New York (Ardmore)
Paoli/Thorndale Line toward Suburban Station or Temple University (Daylesford)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Transportation Planning for the Philadelphia–Harrisburg "Keystone" Railroad Corridor" (PDF). Federal Railroad Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  2. ^ Tatnall, Frank (Fall 2015). "A Century of Catenary". Classic Trains. 16 (3): 26.
  3. ^ "Amtrak State Fact Sheet, FY2017, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. pp. 71–72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Google Maps".
  6. ^ "Paoli Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. ^ "About The Project". Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center. SEPTA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  8. ^ "Fact Sheet -- Paoli Station Accessibility Improvement Project" (PDF). Plan the Keystone. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  9. ^ Bond, Michaelle (28 February 2017). "Amtrak, SEPTA chug toward full wheechair access with Paoli upgrades". Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements -".
  11. ^ "Citizens for the Train". Citizens for the Train. 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Amtrak". Retrieved 2019-01-27.

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