Trenton Line (SEPTA)

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Trenton Line
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Train #4656 pulls into the Cornwells Heights station.
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System SEPTA Regional Rail
StatusOperating
Termini Trenton Transit Center
Temple University
Stations15
Daily ridership11,087 (FY 2018) [1]
Website septa.org
Operation
Operator(s) SEPTA
Rolling stock Electric Multiple Units, push-pull trains
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Catenary
Route map

Contents

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32.5 mi
52.3 km
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Zone
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 4 
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Morrisville
closed
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26.0 mi
41.8 km
Levittown
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Edgely
closed
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22.7 mi
36.5 km
Bristol
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19.9 mi
32 km
Croydon
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18.2 mi
29.3 km
Eddington
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16.9 mi
27.2 km
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Andalusia
closed
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14.8 mi
23.8 km
Torresdale
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 2 
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12.2 mi
19.6 km
Holmesburg Junction
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11.2 mi
18 km
Tacony
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Wissinoming
closed
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9.3 mi
15 km
Bridesburg
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 1 
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ACL
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MFL
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CHW
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4.5 mi
7.2 km
North Philadelphia
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Zone
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Ridge Avenue
closed
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Engleside
closed
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0.9 mi
1.4 km
30th Street
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0 mi
0 km
Suburban
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0.5 mi
0.8 km
Jefferson
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2.1 mi
3.4 km
Temple University
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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.

Route

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.

History

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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]

Stations

North Philadelphia station in 2013 North Philadelphia station, September 2013.jpg
North Philadelphia station in 2013
The utilitarian Torresdale station (seen in 2012) is typical of the Trenton Line Torresdale Station.jpg
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. Cornwells Heights station is considered a popular station on the route as it serves Amtrak trains as well.

StateZone [6] LocationStation [6] Miles (km)
from Center City
Connections / notes [6]
PA C Mantua, Philadelphia Zoological Garden 1.9 (3.1)Closed November 24, 1901 [7]
Brewerytown, Philadelphia Engleside2.8 (4.5)Discontinued April 5, 1903 [8]
Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia Ridge Avenue3.2 (5.1)Discontinued April 5, 1903 [8]
22nd Street3.9 (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
11th Street
Fairhill, Philadelphia North Penn Junction
Harrowgate, Philadelphia Harrowgate
Frankford Junction Discontinued October 4, 1992 [9]
Frankford, Philadelphia
FrankfordClosed 1990
2 Bridesburg 9.3 (15.0)SEPTA City Bus: 73
Wissinoming, Philadelphia Fitler
Wissinoming 10.1 (16.3)Discontinued November 9, 2003 [10]
Tacony, Philadelphia Tacony 11.2 (18.0)
Holmesburg, Philadelphia Holmesburg Junction 12.2 (19.6)SEPTA City Bus: 84
3Liddonfield
Pierson's Station
Torresdale, Philadelphia Torresdale 14.8 (23.8)SEPTA City Bus: 19 , 84
Andalusia AndalusiaDiscontinued October 4, 1992 [9]
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 EdgelyClosed in 1956; the railroad razed the depot at Edgely on January 16, 1957. [11]
Tullytown Levittown 26.0 (41.8)SEPTA Suburban Bus: 127 , 128
Tullytown
Morrisville MorrisvilleClosed October 25, 1969 [12]
NJ NJ Trenton Trenton Transit Center Wheelchair symbol.svg 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

Ridership

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

Notes

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

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Manayunk/Norristown Line SEPTA Regional Rail line

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Fox Chase Line SEPTA Regional Rail line

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