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.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
SystemSEPTA Regional Rail
StatusOperating
TerminiTrenton Transit Center
Temple University
Stations15
Daily ridership12,263[1]:94
Websitesepta.org
Operation
Operator(s)SEPTA
Rolling stockElectric Multiple Units, push-pull trains
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
ElectrificationCatenary
Route map

32.5 mi
52.3 km
Trenton River Line (NJ Transit) NJ Transit Amtrak
Zone
 NJ 
 4 
Morrisville
closed
26.0 mi
41.8 km
Levittown
Edgely
closed
22.7 mi
36.5 km
Bristol
Zone
 4 
 3 
19.9 mi
32 km
Croydon
18.2 mi
29.3 km
Eddington
16.9 mi
27.2 km
Cornwells Heights Amtrak
Andalusia
closed
14.8 mi
23.8 km
Torresdale
Zone
 3 
 2 
12.2 mi
19.6 km
Holmesburg Junction
11.2 mi
18 km
Tacony
Wissinoming
closed
9.3 mi
15 km
Bridesburg
Zone
 2 
 1 
ACL
MFL
CHW
4.5 mi
7.2 km
North Philadelphia
Zone
 1 
 C 
Ridge Avenue
closed
Engleside
closed
0.9 mi
1.4 km
30th Street
SEPTA subway–surface trolley lines MFL Atlantic City Line Amtrak
0 mi
0 km
Suburban
0.5 mi
0.8 km
Jefferson
2.1 mi
3.4 km
Temple University

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.

Route[edit]

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.

History[edit]

R7 Trenton.gif

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] As of 2018, most Trenton Line trains continue through Center City to the Chestnut Hill East Line, while some trains terminate at Temple University or continue to other destinations.[4]

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 ACS-64 locomotives hauling them.[citation needed]

SEPTA activated positive train control on the Trenton Line on May 1, 2017.[5]

Stations[edit]

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 gray background are closed. All stations within the Philadelphia city limits have a ticket office for purchasing ticket(s) to ride the Trenton line. Many stations outside the city limits have a ticket office as well, however they have shorter hours (most outside the city limits are closed on weekends) and fewer amenities than the ticket offices inside the stations within Philadelphia.

Zone
[6]
Station[6] Miles (km)
from Center City
Connections / notes[6]
C Zoological Garden 1.9 miles (3.1 km) Closed November 24, 1901[7]
Station served the Philadelphia Zoo.
Engleside 2.8 miles (4.5 km) One of four stations discontinued on April 5, 1903.[8]
Ridge Avenue 3.2 miles (5.1 km) One of four stations discontinued on April 5, 1903.[8]
22nd Street 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
1 North Philadelphia 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service, Northeast Regional
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Regional Rail:      Chestnut Hill West Line
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Rapid Transit: BSL Broad Street Line
SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Bus: Bus transport 4, 16
11th Street
North Penn Junction
Harrowgate
Frankford Junction One of four stations discontinued on October 4, 1992.[9]
Frankford closed 1990
2 Bridesburg 9.3 miles (15.0 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Bus: Bus transport 73
Fitler
Wissinoming 10.1 miles (16.3 km) Discontinued on November 9, 2003 due to poor ridership.[10]
Tacony 11.2 miles (18.0 km)
Holmesburg Junction 12.2 miles (19.6 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Bus: Bus transport 84
3 Liddonfield
Pierson's Station
Torresdale 14.8 miles (23.8 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Bus: Bus transport 19, 84
Philadelphia city line
Andalusia One of four stations discontinued on October 4, 1992.[9]
Cornwells Heights 16.9 miles (27.2 km) Amtrak Amtrak: Keystone Service, Northeast Regional
SEPTA.svg SEPTA City Bus: Bus transport 78
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 133
Eddington 18.2 miles (29.3 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 133
Croydon 19.9 miles (32.0 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 128
4 Bristol 22.7 miles (36.5 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 129
TMA Bucks: Bus transport Bristol Rushbus
Edgely Closed in 1956; the railroad razed the depot at Edgely on January 16, 1957.[11]
Levittown 26.0 miles (41.8 km) SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 127, 128
Tullytown
Morrisville Closed October 25, 1969[12]
Delaware River; PennsylvaniaNew Jersey state line
NJ Trenton Transit Center Handicapped/disabled access 32.5 miles (52.3 km) Amtrak Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
NJ Transit New Jersey Transit: NEC Northeast Corridor Line
NJ Transit NJ Transit Light Rail: River Line (New Jersey Transit) River Line
NJ Transit NJ Transit Bus: Bus transport 409, 418, 600, 601, 604, 606, 608, 609, 611, 613, 619
SEPTA.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus: Bus transport 127

Ridership[edit]

Between FY 2008–FY 2014 yearly ridership on the Trenton Line has ranged from 3.1–3.5 million.[1]:94[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Trenton Line schedule" (PDF). SEPTA. December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Positive Train Control Update". SEPTA. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Trenton Line Timetable" (PDF). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. September 10, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A General Chronology of the Successors of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and Their Historical Context: 1901" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Discontinuing All Stops of Trains at Paschal, South Street, Engelside and Ridge Avenue". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 3, 1903. p. 2. Retrieved October 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  9. ^ a b "New Rail Schedules Set". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2, 1992. p. 36. Retrieved October 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "SEPTA Regional Rail Schedules Change Sunday" (Press release). PR Newswire Association LLC. November 5, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Landmark Ruled Out". The Bristol Daily Courier. Bristol, Pennsylvania. January 17, 1957. p. 7. Retrieved October 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A General Chronology of the Successors of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and Their Historical Context: 1969" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2014. p. 60. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2012. p. 55. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. July 2011. p. 94. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2010. p. 70. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "FY 2010 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2009. p. 63. Retrieved August 13, 2016.

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