Overview: Trenton Transit Center forms the point of convergence of three major operators: Amtrak’s NEC operations, SEPTA’s Trenton Line, and NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor Line, as well as occasional Conrail freight service. Each day, the station serves over 5,500 riders. As service has grown, the station’s tracks and platforms have reached capacity. Their current configuration requires trains of either commuter operator to cross the entire NEC main line to access layover tracks or storage yards, or to switch service directions and serve opposite station platforms. In addition, SEPTA lacks overnight storage facilities and must send empty trains back on the Corridor, consuming scarce capacity.
Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, and SEPTA have yet to formalize plans for improvements at the station. They will consider several investment strategies, which may include additional platforms and station tracks, a new storage yard, a flyover crossing, interlocking reconfiguration, and operational improvements.