Your connection to mobility in and around Chester County, PA.
Chester County offers passenger rail service provided by both SEPTA and Amtrak. Both agencies are located along the same corridor and provide service at select locations. The following table showcases where SEPTA and Amtrak service is provided in Chester County.
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Philadelphia, PA 19107
Starting Monday, July 11, SEPTA's Regional Rail service will be operating on an interim weekly schedule until further notice due to a portion of the fleet being out of service. Regional rail riders are to expect delays during this time and should go to www.septa.org for additional information and all service alerts. The interim Regional Rail schedules and information on alternative travel options for all SEPTA routes can be found at the following link: http://www.septa.org/service/contingency.html. Click here for the Paoli/Thorndale Interim Schedule.
SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line is one of thirteen passenger rail lines that serve the region, in particular Chester County. The rail line operates through the heart of Chester County between Thorndale and downtown Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, SEPTA users are able to board other SEPTA trains and travel all over the region. Paoli/Thorndale Line stops are shown above in the corresponding table.
Please contact SEPTA for detailed information regarding the Paoli/Thorndale schedule or fare information. SEPTA users can buy your tickets in advance at select stations, or on the train. Please note that service is limited west of Malvern during the weekends (No Sunday service and limited Saturday service).
For information about SEPTA's ADA services go to Accessible SEPTA or call 215-580-7800.
System Status offers SEPTA users status information about SEPTA's transit system. It allows users to view particular transits routes and see whether a certain service is running according to schedule or if there is any alteration in service.
Similar to System Status, TrainView reports the status for all Regional Line trains running on the SEPTA system. This reference tool allows SEPTA users to see whether the train is on schedule.
SEPTA announced its new electronic fare payment and collection system known as SEPTA Key. The full transition is scheduled to take place in two stages - Beginning in 2015, all bus, trolley, and high-speed vehicles (both City and Suburban service) will be part of the "Transit" Launch, while Regional Rail and SEPTA CCT Connect Paratransit services is expected to have SEPTA Key in 2016. For more information please go to www.septa.org/key.
The "Keystone Corridor" is part of Amtrak's larger Northeast Corridor System. The Keystone Corridor runs from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and on to New York. This route in particular runs through Chester County and can be used to travel toward Lancaster and Harrisburg or to Philadelphia, as well as points north and south along the eastern United States. AMTRAK trains stop at the following Chester County stations: Parkesburg, Coatesville, Downingtown, Exton and Paoli.
Please contact Amtrak for detailed information regarding the Keystone schedule or fare information. Trains have set fares based on the distance you want to travel. Amtrak users can buy tickets on line, at the station, or on the train.
For information about Amtrak's ADA services go to Accessible Travel Services or call 1-800-872-7245.
Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone, Michelle H. Kichline
This project was funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.