SEPTA adds train service to and from Wilmington, Newark

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Northern Delaware now has additional round-trip SEPTA trains on weekday mornings and Saturday nights.

The schedule change went into effect Sunday, Sept. 10, and was first announced by SEPTA earlier in the month.

“Better train connectivity is something our residents want, our small and big businesses want, and our visitors want,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Improving train service in Wilmington broadens access to opportunity for residents while potentially saving riders hours each day on their commutes and thousands of dollars each year in transportation costs.

The following is a summary of service changes.

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Changes to Weekday and Saturday service, including adjustments to departure and arrival times, with select trains operating earlierthan previously scheduled.

Changes to weekday service:

INBOUND (toward Center City)

Train #2720, previously departing Newark at 8:58 a.m., will operate 5 to 7 minutes LATER between Wilmington and Darby Stations. This train will no longer make stops at Highland, Crum Lynne, Norwood, Sharon Hill, and Curtis Park stations.

Train #222, departing Marcus Hook at 10:02 a.m., will now originate from Wilmington Station (9:50 a.m.) and will stop at Claymont Station (9:58 a.m.)

Train #9238, previously departing Newark at 11:55 a.m., will now depart at 11:45 a.m., earlierat all stations

OUTBOUND (toward Newark)

EXTENDED SERVICE: Train #209, previously departing Suburban at 8:12 a.m., will now depart at 8:05 a.m., EARLIER at all stations. This train will now offer service to Claymont and Wilmington stations

Train #3223, previously departing Suburban at 9:21 a.m., will now depart at 9:19 a.m., EARLIER at all stations

Train #9229, previously departing Suburban at 11:40 a.m., will now depart at 11:37 a.m., EARLIER at all stations

Train #9251, departing Suburban at 5:09 p.m. will make a D Stop at Ridley Park at 5:30 p.m. (D Stops discharge and pick up passengers but may depart ahead of schedule). This stop is not currently noted on the new timetable.

Changes to Saturday Service:

INBOUND (toward Center City)

Train #9236, previously departing Marcus Hook at 11:22 a.m., will now originate from Wilmington Station (11:34 p.m.) and will stop at Claymont station. This train will now operate 22 minutes LATER between Marcus Hook and Center City stations

OUTBOUND (toward Newark)

Train #235, previously departing Suburban station at 10:25 p.m., will now depart at 10:28 p.m., 3 minutes later at all stations. This train will make stops at Claymont and Wilmington stations

“These off-peak train service improvements can be life-changing for many people who work non-traditional schedules that may include weekend or odd shifts, frequent overtime, flexible schedules, part-time or temporary jobs,” continued Purzycki said.

While much of the workforce consists of people with traditional 9 to 5 schedules, the nationwide share of workers with non-traditional schedules has more than doubled between 1985 and 2004, the most recent year for which Bureau of Labor Statistics data is available, and now represents between one-quarter and one-third of the total workforce.

SEPTA operates train service in Delaware through a contract with Delaware Transit Corporation (DART).

Since 2014, the transit officials have improved train service in Wilmington by adding a total of three-week day round-trip trains, one Saturday night round-trip train, and one-weekday one-way express, while converting two weekday local trains to express trains. More than 2,000 SEPTA riders use Wilmington Train Station (Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Station) each day, an increase of 23 percent since 2014.

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