- Ardmore (SEPTA station)
SEPTA:rail color box|system=SEPTA|line=R5
other=SEPTA Suburban Bus Route 105
electrified=September 11, 1915
Ardmore Station is an above-ground commuter rail station located in the western suburbs of
Philadelphiaat Anderson & Coulter Aves, Ardmore, Pennsylvania19003 [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Anderson+Avenue+%26+Coulter+Avenue,+Ardmore,+PA&spn=0.020174,0.028049&hl=en] . It is served by Amtrak Keystone Servicetrains and most SEPTA R5 Paoli-Thorndale trains with the exception of a few express runs.
The station is a one-story brick building with a flat roof built in the 1950s. It replaced an older building that burned down. There are plans to build a new transit-oriented development in the area, and this would include a new station building.
The ticket office at this station is open weekdays 6:10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays.
SEPTApermit parking is available at the station, and the township provides additional metered parking in nearby lots.
This station is 8.5 track miles from
Suburban Station. In 2003, the average total weekday SEPTA R5 boardings at this station was 822. In Federal Fiscal Year 2006 there were 45,261 Amtrak boardings plus alightings at this station [http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/PENNSYLVANIA05.pdf] . Lower Merion Townshiphas considered plans to replace the station as part of a larger economic revitalization plan for the neighborhood. However, the plan relied on using eminent domainto force the purchase of private property, which would then be transferred to a private developer. For this reason, it met significant opposition among some members of community. [ [http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/node/1 Why the fuss about this block?] , The Save Ardmore Coalition, retrieved 19 Feb 2008] As of 2005, the project seems unlikely to come to fruition.
Nearby attractions include the Suburban Square shopping center, Cold Stone Creamery, Ardmore Farmers Market, Brownie's 23 East, and other businesses in the downtown Ardmore shopping district along Lancaster Avenue.
A popular place to eat, across the street from the station, is the Ardmore Station Cafe.
This station was the nearest station to the home of
Stuart T. Saunders, the final CEO of both the Pennsylvania Railroadand Penn Central. Despite his proximity to the station, Saunders preferred to travel to his Philadelphia office by chaffeur-driven private car rather than riding his own trains; his detractors used this as an indication of both the inhospitable conditions of the train cars and management's detachment from the riding public.
=SEPTA Bus Connections=
Route 105 [ [http://www.septa.org/service/sched/maps/105.pdf SEPTA Route 105 Map] ]
* [http://www.septa.org/maps/click_map/ardmore.html SEPTA - Ardmore Station]
* [http://www.trainweb.org/usarail/ardmorepa.htm Ardmore Amtrak & SEPTA Station (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)]
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