Fern Rock Transportation Center

August 9, 2023

Fern Rock Transportation Center serves as the northern terminus and yard for SEPTA’s Broad Street Line, and also is a station for the Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster, and West Trenton SEPTA Regional Rail Lines. It is also the northern terminal for four bus routes, including the 4, 28, 57, and 70.

It is a very busy transfer point, with an average of 825 boardings and alightings per weekday in FY 2015. It was built to replace the original SEPTA Regional Rail stations, Fern Rock and Tabor, which were destroyed during the 1992/1993 “Railworks” reconstruction project. In addition, it is the northern terminus for the Broad-Ridge Spur trains that operate during non-peak hours and Saturdays.

The train platforms at Fern Rock Transportation Center are elevated above the ground, and have a high platform-to-track ratio, making it possible to accommodate very long trains and many boardings and alightings in an incredibly short span of time. The station has wide and spacious sidewalks, and is handicap-accessible.

While there are a lot of positives to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, there are some areas that need improvement. The most obvious need is to add more benches, especially since the current seating is very limited. It would also be nice if the station was regularly power-washed, disinfected, and repainted. In addition, a newsstand or coffee shop (preferably La Colombe) would be a welcome addition to the site. Fortunately, there are a number of options to choose from within walking distance of the station, such as Corfu Pizza Enterprise Management and Pizza Fina.


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