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 line
System SEPTA Regional Rail
Status Operating
Termini Trenton
Temple University
Daily ridership 10,387
Operator(s) SEPTA
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Catenary
Route map

The Trenton Line (formerly called R7 Trenton) 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.


The Holmesburg Junction station in Northeast Philadelphia

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

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.

Those wishing to travel from Philadelphia to New York could formerly have taken Amtrak's Clocker service, but can still take its Northeast Regional. The Trenton Line service is coordinated with New Jersey Transit's (NJT) Northeast Corridor Service. This has proven to be a popular option for people travelling between Philadelphia and New York City; although the trip time is far more lengthy than Amtrak Regional service, the cost is roughly half of what Amtrak charges. NJT offers through ticketing from stations along the NEC to SEPTA stations, and NJT maintains a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) at the SEPTA concourse in the 30th Street Station that sells the joint NJT/SEPTA tickets. However, while joint NJT/SEPTA tickets can be purchased at NJT staffed stations, they cannot at most SEPTA staffed stations, with the exception of three Center City Philadelphia stops that have added NJT ticketing service at one window each.

Name change[edit]

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On July 25, 2010 SEPTA renamed the service from the R7 Trenton to simply the Trenton Line as part of system-wide service change that drops the R-number naming and makes the Center City stations the terminus for all lines. This also ended the combined R7 Trenton/R7 Chestnut Hill East service,[1] although most weekday trains still continue to Chestnut Hill East.

List of stations[edit]

Stations that have existed on this line include:

Zone Miles from 30th St Station Boardings[2] City/Township County Notes
C 1.9 Zoological Garden 0 Philadelphia Station operated from 1886 to circa 1911
2.8 Engleside 0 Abandoned April 5, 1903, due to competition from trolley companies
3.2 Ridge Avenue 0 Abandoned April 5, 1903, due to competition from trolley companies
3.9 22nd Street 0 Abandoned; not to be confused with the Allegheny station on the Manayunk/Norristown Line which was formerly called 22nd Street.
1 4.5 North Philadelphia 184 Originally called Germantown Junction. Including Chestnut Hill West Line, Amtrak,   aerial
11th Street 0 station closed
North Penn Junction 0 station closed
Harrowgate 0 station closed
Frankford Junction 0 station closed
Frankford 0 station closed
2 9.3 Bridesburg 209
Fitler 0 station closed
10.1 Wissinoming 0 station closed November 5, 2003
11.2 Tacony 208
12.2 Holmesburg Junction 515
3 Liddonfield 0 station closed
Pierson's Station 0 station closed
14.8 Torresdale 1,095
Andalusia 0 Bensalem Township Bucks County station closed 1991
16.9 Cornwells Heights 1,657 Some Amtrak trains stop here, two exits on I-95 or Woodhaven Road.
18.2 Eddington 45
19.9 Croydon 393 Bristol Township
4 22.7 Bristol 360 Bristol
Edgely 0 Bristol Township station closed
26.0 Levittown 624 Tullytown Also known as Levittown-Tullytown
Tullytown 0 closed and replaced 1953 by adjacent Levittown station
Morrisville 0 Morrisville station closed 1969
NJ 32.5 Trenton 1,251 Trenton, New Jersey Mercer County New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, River Line. With all connections via NJT and Amtrak to New York City or Camden, New Jersey


Fiscal year Average weekday Annual passengers
FY 2013 12,157 3,491,548[3]
FY 2012 11,392 3,271,655[4]
FY 2011 11,782 3,383,710[5]
FY 2010 10,387 3,105,661[6]
FY 2009 10,660 3,186,185[7]
FY 2008 11,048 3,303,400[8]
FY 2005 9,369 2,852,245
FY 2004 10,772 3,023,668
FY 2003 10,450 3,142,500
FY 2001 n/a 3,193,000
FY 2000 n/a 3,059,000
FY 1999 n/a 2,504,000
FY 1997 n/a 2,578,875
FY 1996 n/a 2,641,296
FY 1995 8,473 2,603,757
FY 1994 8,494 2,547,411
FY 1993 8,127 2,565,586
Note: n/a = not available


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