Willow Grove station

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Willow Grove
SEPTA.svg
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Willow Grove station viewed from the southwest
LocationYork Road & Davisville Road
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°08′37″N 75°06′51″W / 40.1436°N 75.1143°W / 40.1436; -75.1143Coordinates: 40°08′37″N 75°06′51″W / 40.1436°N 75.1143°W / 40.1436; -75.1143
Owned bySEPTA
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsCity Bus SEPTA City Bus: 22, 55, 310, 311
Construction
Parking190 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesTwo racks
Disabled accessNo
Other information
Fare zone3
History
Opened1886
Rebuilt1939
ElectrifiedJuly 26, 1931[1]
Services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Crestmont Warminster Line Hatboro
toward Warminster
Fulmor
Closed 1996
toward Warminster
Former services
Preceding station Reading Railroad Following station
Crestmont New Hope Branch Fulmor
toward New Hope

Willow Grove station is a station on the SEPTA Warminster Line, located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The station, located on York Road (PA 611) and Davisville Roads, features a 190-space parking lot. Willow Grove station was originally built in 1886 by the Reading Railroad, and replaced by a stone structure built in 1939. The station house was closed in 1965, but continues to serve passengers.[2]

Description[edit]

Willow Grove station consists of a side platform along the tracks. The station has a ticket office and waiting room that is open on weekday mornings. There are two bike racks available that can hold up to four bicycles. Willow Grove station has a daily parking lot with 116 spaces that charges $1 a day, a permit parking lot with 32 spaces that charges $20 a month, and a daily parking lot with 42 spaces that charges 50 cents a day.[3]

Train service at Willow Grove station is provided along the Warminster Line of SEPTA Regional Rail, which runs south to Center City Philadelphia and north to its terminus at Warminster. Willow Grove station is located in fare zone 3. Service is provided daily from early morning to late evening. Most Warminster Line trains continue through the Center City Commuter Connection tunnel and become Airport Line trains, providing service to the Philadelphia International Airport.[4] In FY 2013, Willow Grove station had a weekday average of 472 boardings and 515 alightings.[5]

Amenities[edit]

The Willow Grove station has a ticket office which is only open on weekdays from 5:15 AM to 11:45 AM. Several benches for sitting on while people wait for the train to come are also available, all of them under a canopy-type roof so that people do not get wet on rainy days.

Schedules[edit]

Trains going to Center City Philadelphia arrive at the Willow Grove station about every 30 minutes on weekdays (every hour on weekends and major holidays), and trains headed towards Warminster station arrive every hour on all days, including weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Half past every hour on weekdays a train headed towards Warminster operates, but terminates at Glenside station instead of continuing all the way to Warminster like the trains that operate every :00 on weekdays do.

Fares[edit]

On weekdays between 5:15 am and 11:45 am, commuters can buy and/or reload a SEPTA Key Card to ride the train inside the station's ticket office, but on weekends and weekday afternoons, tickets must be purchased from the train conductor or Key Card Fares must be loaded on the SEPTA Key Website [1] or at an Exit Fare Kiosk in Center City upon departure of Willow Grove station. Passengers buying their ticket on board the train may only pay for their ticket with cash. However, Key Cards purchased (inside the ticket office) can be paid for with a credit card or form of payment other than cash. SEPTA Key Card fares purchased in advance also cost less than tickets purchased from the conductor on board the train.

With the roll out of the SEPTA Key system to regional rail (replacing paper tickets and passes along with on-board fare payment to the conductor) riders simply tap their Key Card on the platform validator to open their trip and tap it on the validator again to close their trip after exiting the train at their destination. If a rider does not have a SEPTA Key Card and is traveling to Center City Philadelphia, the rider buys an Exit Fare from the kiosk at the Center City station to exit through the turnstiles.

Station layout[edit]

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All trains      Warminster Line toward Penn Medicine (Crestmont)
     Warminster Line toward Warminster (Hatboro)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Street level Exit/entrance, parking, and ticket office

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reading Installs Electric Service". The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 26, 1931. p. 8. Retrieved August 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ Existing Railroad Stations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "Willow Grove Station". SEPTA. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Warminster Line schedule" (PDF). SEPTA. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 61" (PDF). (539 KB)

External links[edit]

Media related to Willow Grove (SEPTA station) at Wikimedia Commons