Thorndale station (SEPTA)

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Thorndale
SEPTA.svg
Thorndale R5.JPG
Location3112 East Lincoln Highway
and South Bailey Road
Thorndale, Pennsylvania 19320
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
Connections Aiga bus trans.svg Krapf's Transit Route "A"
Aiga bus trans.svg TMACC Evening Link
Construction
Parking447 spaces (300 daily, 147 permit)
Bicycle facilities2 racks (6 spaces)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
OpenedNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22) [2]
Traffic
Passengers (2011)473 [3] (weekday boardings)
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.

SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail service

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Thorndale, Pennsylvania Census-designated place in Pennsylvania, United States

Thorndale is a census-designated place in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,407 at the 2010 census. Thorndale is the commercial and administrative center of Caln Township. The community's main street is U.S. Route 30 Business. Many of Thorndale's old houses fell into disrepair from the late 1990s to present and have been torn down and replaced with new businesses. Thorndale is historically notable for containing a summer house of US President James Buchanan, which still stands and has been incorporated into a golf course and turned into a restaurant. The community contains the Thorndale Fire Station and Caln Elementary School, part of the Coatesville Area School District. Thorndale sits along SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line and is currently the last station stop on that line. It is also served by the Rover bus system.

Paoli/Thorndale Line SEPTA Regional Rail line travelling from Philadelphia to Thorndale

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Contents

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.

This station is wheelchair-accessible with short lengths of high-level platforms on both sides of the tracks. 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.

This station is 35.2 track miles from Philadelphia's Suburban Station. In 2011, the average total weekday boardings at this station was 473, and the average total weekday alightings was 440. [3]

Philadelphia Largest city in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2018 census-estimated population of 1,584,138. Since 1854, the city has had the same geographic boundaries as Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Suburban Station United States historic place

Suburban Station is an art deco office building and underground commuter rail station in Penn Center, Philadelphia. Its official SEPTA address is 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. The station is owned and operated by SEPTA and is one of the three core Center City stations on SEPTA Regional Rail. The station was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad to replace the original Broad Street Station and opened on September 28, 1930.

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

Thorndale has two high-level side platforms for weekday SEPTA service.

Side platform platform which only has one side facing a track at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway

A side platform is a platform positioned to the side of a pair of tracks at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway. Dual side platform stations, one for each direction of travel, is the basic station design used for double-track railway lines. Side platforms may result in a wider overall footprint for the station compared with an island platform where a single width of platform can be shared by riders using either track.

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. 1 2 "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. pp. 71–72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.