Trenton Line (SEPTA)

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Trenton Line
SEPTA Silverliner IV 402 on the R7.jpg
Train #4656 pulls into the Cornwells Heights station.
Type Commuter rail
System SEPTA Regional Rail
Status Operating
Termini Trenton
Temple University
Daily ridership 12,263[1]:94
Operator(s) SEPTA
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Catenary
Route map

The Trenton Line is a route of the SEPTA Regional Rail (commuter rail) system. The route serves the northeastern suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with service in Bucks County along the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey.


Trenton Line trains make local stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ. The section of Northeast Corridor the Trenton Line uses is a 4-track railroad, from 30th Street Station via the Philadelphia Zoo (without stopping there), to North Philadelphia, before running parallel to I-95 and then US 13 for several miles. It crosses the Delaware River at Trenton, New Jersey before making its final stop at Trenton Transit Center, which is also served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains.


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Electrified service between Philadelphia and Trenton began on June 29, 1930.

Between 1984–2010 the route was designated R7 Trenton as part of SEPTA's diametrical reorganization of its lines. Trenton Line trains operated through the city center to the Chestnut Hill East Line on the ex-Reading side of the system.[2]The R-number naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010.[3]

The Trenton line usually has two push-pull electric-locomotive-hauled trains on the morning express runs and two on the evening express runs. Each train is usually made up of 6 coach trailers made by Bombardier with AEM-7 or ALP-44 locomotives hauling them.[citation needed]

SEPTA activated positive train control on the Trenton Line on May 1, 2017.[4]


North Philadelphia station in 2013
The utilitarian Torresdale station (seen in 2012) is typical of the Trenton Line

The Trenton Line includes the following stations north of the Center City Commuter Connection; stations indicated with italics are closed. Weekday boardings are from FY 2013; data for North Philadelphia includes Chestnut Hill West Line boardings. All stations are located within Philadelphia.[1]:95–96

Zone Distance Station Boardings City/Township County Connections
C 1.9 Zoological Garden 0 Philadelphia
2.8 Engleside[note 1]
3.2 Ridge Avenue[note 1]
3.9 22nd Street[note 2]
1 4.5 North Philadelphia 184
11th Street
North Penn Junction
Frankford Junction
2 9.3 Bridesburg 209
10.1 Wissinoming
11.2 Tacony 208
12.2 Holmesburg Junction 515
3 Liddonfield
Pierson's Station
14.8 Torresdale 1,095
Andalusia[note 3] Bensalem Township Bucks County
16.9 Cornwells Heights 1,657
18.2 Eddington 45
19.9 Croydon 393 Bristol Township
4 22.7 Bristol 360 Bristol
Edgely Bristol Township
26.0 Levittown 624 Tullytown
Tullytown[note 4]
Morrisville[note 5] Morrisville
NJ 32.5 Trenton 1,251 Trenton, New Jersey Mercer County


Between FY 2008–FY 2014 yearly ridership on the Trenton Line has ranged from 3.1–3.5 million.[1]:94[5][6][7][8][9][10]

FY 2008
FY 2009
FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2014


  1. ^ a b Abandoned April 5, 1903, due to competition from trolley companies[citation needed]
  2. ^ Abandoned; not to be confused with the Allegheny station on the Manayunk/Norristown Line which was formerly called 22nd Street.[citation needed]
  3. ^ Station closed in 1991[citation needed]
  4. ^ Closed and replaced 1953 by adjacent Levittown station[citation needed]
  5. ^ Station closed 1969[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Vuchic, Vukan; Kikuchi, Shinya (1984). General Operations Plan for the SEPTA Regional High Speed System. Philadelphia: SEPTA. pp. 2–8. 
  3. ^ Lustig, David (November 2010). "SEPTA makeover". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing: 26. 
  4. ^ "Positive Train Control Update". SEPTA. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2014. p. 60. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2012. p. 55. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. July 2011. p. 94. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2010. p. 70. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "FY 2010 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2009. p. 63. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 

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