Trenton Line (SEPTA)

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
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 ridership11,087 (FY 2018)[1]
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

RouteEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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]

StationsEdit

 
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: Keystone Service, Northeast Regional
  SEPTA Regional Rail:      Chestnut Hill West Line
  SEPTA Rapid Transit: BSL Broad Street Line
  SEPTA City Bus:   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 City Bus:   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 City Bus:   84
3 Liddonfield
Pierson's Station
Torresdale 14.8 miles (23.8 km)   SEPTA City Bus:   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: Keystone Service, Northeast Regional
  SEPTA City Bus:   78
  SEPTA Suburban Bus:   133
Eddington 18.2 miles (29.3 km)   SEPTA Suburban Bus:   133
Croydon 19.9 miles (32.0 km)   SEPTA Suburban Bus:   128
4 Bristol 22.7 miles (36.5 km)   SEPTA Suburban Bus:   129
TMA Bucks:   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 Suburban Bus:   127, 128
Tullytown
Morrisville Closed October 25, 1969[12]
Delaware River; PennsylvaniaNew Jersey state line
NJ Trenton Transit Center   32.5 miles (52.3 km)   Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
  New Jersey Transit: NEC Northeast Corridor Line
  NJ Transit Light Rail:   River Line
  NJ Transit Bus:   409, 418, 600, 601, 604, 606, 608, 609, 611, 613, 619
  SEPTA Suburban Bus:   127

RidershipEdit

Between FY 2008–FY 2018 yearly ridership on the Trenton Line has ranged from 3.1–3.6 million.[note 1]

1,000,000
2,000,000
3,000,000
4,000,000
FY 2008
FY 2009
FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2014
FY 2015
FY 2016
FY 2017
FY 2018

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Annual ridership statistics compiled from SEPTA's Annual Service Plans.[1][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2019. p. 42. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  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.  
  9. ^ a b "New Rail Schedules Set". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2, 1992. p. 36. Retrieved October 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  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.  
  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 2019 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2018. p. 74. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2017. p. 44. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. October 2016. p. 70. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2015. p. 94. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2014. p. 60. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2012. p. 55. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. July 2011. p. 94. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  21. ^ "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2010. p. 70. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  22. ^ "Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2009. p. 63. Retrieved December 14, 2019.

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