Study Explores Improving Non-Auto Access to Stations

March 19, 2015

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recently published the Trenton Line Access Study. The study focuses on ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to Regional Rail Station on the I-95 Corridor.

For SEPTA, the benefit of better integration with the pedestrian and bicycle network is increased system capacity. At a time when SEPTA's ridership is near quarter-century highs and auto parking lots are approaching maximum utilization, supporting non-auto connections to our stations can serve as a relatively inexpensive strategy to grow and accommodate ridership. Additionally, ridership along SEPTA's Trenton Regional Rail Line is expected to grow as a result of PennDOT's I-95 reconstruction project.

The Trenton Line Access Study was the result of a planning process that began in September 2013. Representatives from SEPTA's Strategic Planning and Analysis Department, PennDOT, Bucks County Planning Commission, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Planning Commission, the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU), and TMA Bucks made up the Study Advisory Committee (SAC) led by DVRPC. The SAC established the following objectives for the study:

  • Document the existing condition of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in and around Holmesburg Junction, Torresdale, Cornwells Heights, Croydon, and Leveittown stations.
  • Identify and evaluate improvements that enable safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle access between stations and existing and/or proposed residential, employment, and recreation destinations.
  • Identify opportunities to better integrate stations with the regional trail network and the East Coast Greenway.

The study, designed to serve as a resource for SEPTA and municipalities, provides information about existing transportation and land use along the Trenton Line Corridor, identifies barriers that pedestrians and cyclists typically face, and profiles the five Trenton Line Stations. To read DVRPC's Trenton Line Access Study click here.