Thorndale station (SEPTA)

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Thorndale
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General information
Location201 South Bailey Road, Thorndale, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°59′33″N75°45′45″W / 39.9926°N 75.7626°W / 39.9926; -75.7626 Coordinates: 39°59′33″N75°45′45″W / 39.9926°N 75.7626°W / 39.9926; -75.7626
Owned by Amtrak [1]
Operated by SEPTA
Line(s) Keystone Corridor (Main Line)
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
ConnectionsAiga bus trans.svg SEPTA Suburban Bus : 135
Construction
Parking447 spaces (300 daily, 147 permit)
Bicycle facilities1 rack (3 spaces)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
OpenedNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22) [2]
Passengers
2017427 boardings
352 alightings
(weekday average) [3]
Rank59 of 146
Services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Terminus Paoli/Thorndale Line Downingtown

Thorndale station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Thorndale, Pennsylvania. Located on South Bailey Road and East Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30 Business), it serves the Paoli/Thorndale Line. While Thorndale station is the terminus of SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line service, the tracks continue (with service by Amtrak), to points west, including Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Amtrak does not stop at Thorndale.

Contents

This station is 35.2 track miles from Philadelphia's Suburban Station. In 2017, the average total weekday boardings at this station was 427, and the average total weekday alightings was 374. [4]

History

The R5 line (now Paoli/Thorndale Line) originally ended further west in Parkesburg, but service was cut back to Downingtown in 1996. Thorndale station opened on November 22, 1999 as an extension of the R5 service from Downingtown. The station was built to serve the rapidly growing population of Chester County and reduce congestion on area roads. [2]

Station layout

There is no ticket office at this station. There are 447 parking spaces at the station for daily parking as well as SEPTA permit parking. The station is equipped with bathroom facilities, however, they are locked and only for the use of train crews.

This station is wheelchair-accessible. There is a low level platform with a short high level section for accessibility on one side and a fully high level platform on the other. The platforms have bridge plates which allow a wheelchair to cross the gap between the platform and the train when it is stopped at the platform.

As a result of Thorndale being the line's terminus, trains terminate and depart from both platforms.

Services

In SEPTA's current weekday schedule, 13 trains depart from Thorndale and 11 trains arrive. On Saturdays, 5 trains depart from Thorndale and 4 trains arrive. All of SEPTA's trains terminate at Malvern on Sundays and therefore don't serve Thorndale among other stations not served on Sundays. [5] Due to Thorndale being the final stop of the line, trains are often forced to crossover to the platform on the other side of the tracks. Trains at and near Thorndale also spend a significant amount of time waiting for other trains to pass.

GStreet levelExit/entrance, parking
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 4      Paoli/Thorndale Line termination track
Track 3← Amtrak services do not stop here
Track 2 Amtrak services do not stop here →
Track 1      Paoli/Thorndale Line toward Suburban Station or Temple University (Downingtown)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

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References

  1. "Transportation Planning for the Philadelphia–Harrisburg "Keystone" Railroad Corridor" (PDF). Federal Railroad Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  2. 1 2 Schogol, Marc (November 21, 1999). "SEPTA extends the R5 line to Thorndale". The Philadelphia Inquirer . p. 31. Retrieved February 22, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Fiscal Year 2021 Service Plan Update". SEPTA. June 2020. p. 24. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  4. "Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. p. 43-46.
  5. "tho.pdf" (PDF). SEPTA. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.