Train #4656 pulls into the Cornwells Heights station.
|System||SEPTA Regional Rail|
|Termini|| Trenton Transit Center |
|Daily ridership||11,087 (FY 2018)|
|Rolling stock||Electric Multiple Units, push-pull trains|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
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 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.
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. As of 2018 [update] , 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.The R-number naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010.
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.
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. Cornwells Heights station is considered a popular station on the route as it serves Amtrak trains as well.
|State||Zone||Location||Station|| Miles (km) |
from Center City
|Connections / notes|
|PA||C||Mantua, Philadelphia||Zoological Garden||1.9 (3.1)||Closed November 24, 1901|
|Brewerytown, Philadelphia||Engleside||2.8 (4.5)||Discontinued April 5, 1903|
|Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia||Ridge Avenue||3.2 (5.1)||Discontinued April 5, 1903|
|22nd Street||3.9 (6.3)|
|1||Glenwood, Philadelphia||North Philadelphia||4.5 (7.2)|| Amtrak: Keystone Service , Northeast Regional |
SEPTA Regional Rail: Chestnut Hill West Line
SEPTA City Transit: Broad Street Line
SEPTA City Bus: 4 , 16
|Fairhill, Philadelphia||North Penn Junction|
|Frankford Junction||Discontinued October 4, 1992|
|2||Bridesburg||9.3 (15.0)||SEPTA City Bus: 73|
|Wissinoming||10.1 (16.3)||Discontinued November 9, 2003|
|Tacony, Philadelphia||Tacony||11.2 (18.0)|
|Holmesburg, Philadelphia||Holmesburg Junction||12.2 (19.6)||SEPTA City Bus: 84|
|Torresdale, Philadelphia||Torresdale||14.8 (23.8)||SEPTA City Bus: 19 , 84|
|Andalusia||Andalusia||Discontinued October 4, 1992|
|Cornwells Heights||Cornwells Heights||16.9 (27.2)||Amtrak: Keystone Service, Northeast Regional|
SEPTA City Bus: 78
SEPTA Suburban Bus: 133
|Eddington||Eddington||18.2 (29.3)||SEPTA Suburban Bus: 133|
|Croydon||Croydon||19.9 (32.0)||SEPTA Suburban Bus: 128|
|4||Bristol||Bristol||22.7 (36.5)||SEPTA Suburban Bus: 129 |
TMA Bucks: Bristol Rushbus
|Levittown||Edgely||Closed in 1956; the railroad razed the depot at Edgely on January 16, 1957.|
|Tullytown||Levittown||26.0 (41.8)||SEPTA Suburban Bus: 127 , 128|
|Morrisville||Morrisville||Closed October 25, 1969|
|NJ||NJ||Trenton|| Trenton Transit Center ||32.4 (52.1)||Amtrak: Acela Express , Cardinal , Carolinian , Crescent , Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Palmetto , Pennsylvanian , Silver Meteor , Silver Star , Vermonter |
NJ Transit Rail: Northeast Corridor Line, River Line
NJ Transit Bus: 409 , 418 , 600 , 601 , 604 , 606 , 608 , 609 , 611 , 613 , 619
SEPTA Suburban Bus: 127
Between FY 2008–FY 2018 yearly ridership on the Trenton Line has ranged from 3.1–3.6 million.
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