Swarthmore (SEPTA station)

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Swarthmore
SEPTA regional rail
Swarthmore Station.JPG
Station statistics
Address2 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
Coordinates39°54′08″N 75°21′04″W / 39.902221°N 75.350985°W / 39.902221; -75.350985Coordinates: 39°54′08″N 75°21′04″W / 39.902221°N 75.350985°W / 39.902221; -75.350985
Line(s)
ConnectionsSEPTA Suburban Bus: 109
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
Opened1880
Electrified1928
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Fare zone3
Services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
toward Elwyn
Media/Elwyn Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward West Chester
West Chester Branch
 
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Swarthmore
SEPTA regional rail
Swarthmore Station.JPG
Station statistics
Address2 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
Coordinates39°54′08″N 75°21′04″W / 39.902221°N 75.350985°W / 39.902221; -75.350985Coordinates: 39°54′08″N 75°21′04″W / 39.902221°N 75.350985°W / 39.902221; -75.350985
Line(s)
ConnectionsSEPTA Suburban Bus: 109
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
Opened1880
Electrified1928
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Fare zone3
Services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
toward Elwyn
Media/Elwyn Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward West Chester
West Chester Branch

Swarthmore is a station along the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Line, on the former Pennsylvania Railroad's West Chester Line. It is located on Chester Road between downtown Swarthmore and the edge of the Swarthmore College campus (2 South Chester Road at Chester Road and Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081). Dollar-a-day parking and permit parking are available. It is the first outward-bound Zone 3 station from the central Philadelphia stations. It is the busiest station on the Media/Elwyn Line outside of Center City. The adult fare to and from Central Philadelphia is currently $5 during off-peak hours, with an additional $2 surcharge assessed for those who buy a ticket on the train, regardless of whether the ticket window is open.

The ticket office is located on the inbound side of the tracks in a building used otherwise by Swarthmore College and the Chester Children's Chorus. The building was originally built in 1880 by the Pennsylvania Railroad[1] and formerly held the Jumping Cow cafe. Swarthmore's main street, Chester Road, has passed under the station since 1931. Before Swarthmore College was opened, the station was known as Westdale.

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