In public transport, a request stop, flag stop, or whistle stop is a stop or station or airport at which trains, buses or airline flights stop only on request. In this way, stops with low passenger counts can be incorporated into a route without introducing unnecessary delay. Vehicles may save fuel by continuing through a station when there is no need to stop. There may not always be a significant savings on time if there is no one to pick up because vehicles going past a request stop may need to slow down enough to be able to stop if there are passengers waiting. Request stops may introduce extra travel time variability and increase the need for schedule padding; the methods by which transit vehicles are notified that there are passengers waiting to be picked up at a request stop vary by transit system and by route. Most local, inner-city bus operations operate all of their stops as request stops if there is always a passenger boarding or alighting. To distinguish stops that are served on every trip, these are called stations and they are most at the terminus of a route.
Such stops are also used as timing points. In bus transport the term "request stop" may be used to refer to a stop on a hail and ride section of a route. In hail and ride operations, there are few or no marked stops and passengers can request the bus be stopped at any point where the driver can safely and reasonably do so. For example, in London, Transport for London operates request stops at a number of locations such as Blackheath park Micheldever road. Buses do not stop at these stops, unless a passenger waiting at the bus shelter signals the bus to stop or if a passenger wishes to disembark and rings the bell. In some cities, flag stops may refer to any stop that has regular service, but is not signed by the authorities serving it; this is common in some cities, such as Tulsa, where bus stops are infrequently signed. In long distance transport, transit vehicles, such as passenger trains or buses operating on motorways operate at higher speeds than local transport; this means that stopping is more troublesome and that it may be difficult to see a passenger in time to stop for them.
This difference results in more complicated ways of signalling a stop to the vehicle. Some services, like Amtrak, require that a ticket be purchased in advance, specifying a specific origin and destination. Since the train's crew know what tickets were sold, they know where people are coming from and going to, they stop only at those stations required by the tickets. Services that lack advanced ticketing, or which sell tickets for a range of destinations or travel times, require ways of knowing whether or not someone is waiting at a station or platform; these may range from a passenger speaking to a dispatcher on a phone located at a station to pressing a button to activate a signal such as a flashing light somewhere before the station that the driver can see in time to slow down safely. Along some ferry routes in the fjords in Norway, some stops are equipped with a light that embarking passengers must switch on in order for the ferry to include the stop and pick them up; the system is known under the name'signalanløp'.
Similar to Norway, in Sweden commuter ferries are requested to stop by a semaphore signal. The many islands of the Stockholm archipelago are an example of this; the appearance of request stops varies wildly. Many are signed, but many others rely on local knowledge. Halt Hail and ride
30th Street Station
30th Street Station is an intermodal transit station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is Philadelphia's main railroad station, is a major stop on Amtrak's Northeast and Keystone corridors, it doubles as a major commuter rail station. It is served by several SEPTA city and suburban buses, as well as buses operated by NJ Transit and intercity operators, it is the tenth-busiest train station in the United States. The station is located at 2955 Market Street, it is located in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood, just across the Schuylkill River from Center City. The building, which first opened in 1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Amtrak's code for the station is PHL, its IATA Airport Code is ZFV on United because Amtrak's service to Newark Liberty International Airport is codeshared with United Airlines. 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third-busiest station, by far the busiest of the 24 stations served in Pennsylvania, serving 4,411,662 passengers in fiscal year 2017.
On an average day in fiscal 2013, about 12,000 people boarded or left trains in Philadelphia, nearly twice as many as in the rest of the Pennsylvania stations combined. The Pennsylvania Railroad, headquartered in Philadelphia, acquired tunnel rights from the Schuylkill River to 15th Street from the city of Philadelphia in return for land that the city needed to construct the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; this allowed the company to build both Suburban Station and the 30th Street Station, which replaced Broad Street station as the latter was too small. Broad Street Station was a stub-end terminal in Center City and through trains had to back in and out, the company wanted a location which would accommodate trains between New York City and Washington. D. C. Broad St. station handled a large commuter operation, which the new underground Suburban Station was built to handle. The Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson and White, the successor to D. H. Burnham & Company, designed the structure known as Pennsylvania Station–30th Street in accord with the naming style of other Pennsylvania Stations.
Its design was influenced by the Northeast Corridor electrification that allowed trains to pass beneath the station without exposing passengers to soot as steam engines of earlier times had. The station had a number of innovative features, including a pneumatic tube system, an electronic intercom, a reinforced roof with space for small aircraft to land, contained a mortuary, a chapel and more than 3,000 square feet of hospital space. Construction began in 1927 and the station opened in 1933, starting with two platform tracks; the vast waiting room is faced with travertine and the coffered ceiling is painted gold and cream. The building's exterior has columned porte-cocheres on the west and east facade, shows a balance between classical and modern architectural styles.30th Street Station had a Solari board dating back to the 1970s that displayed train departure times, the last such board at an Amtrak station as all the others had been replaced with digital boards. On November 30, 2018, Amtrak announced that the Solari board at 30th Street Station will be replaced with a digital board in January 2019.
Upon retirement, the Solari board will be relocated to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. However, on December 11, 2018, Amtrak announced it will reconsider its decision to replace the Solari board after Congressman Brendan Boyle contacted Amtrak CEO Richard H. Anderson and urged for the Solari board to remain at the station. Amtrak says; the sign will be temporarily housed at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania until the 30th Street Station renovations are complete. Amtrak removed the Solari board from 30th Street Station on January 26, 2019. On February 28, 2019, the new digital board at 30th Street Station began operation. In 2005, Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trust asked Amtrak to change the name of 30th Street Station to "Ben Franklin Station" as part of the celebration of Ben Franklin's 300th birthday in January 2006; the cost of replacing signs at the station was estimated at $3 million. In January, Philadelphia Mayor John Street threw his support behind the name change, but others had mixed reactions to the proposal.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a former mayor of Philadelphia, was lukewarm, while Amtrak officials worried that a "Ben" station could be confused with its other three "Penn" stations. On January 25, 2006, Pew abandoned the campaign. In August 2014, a federal law was passed that will change the name of the station to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in honor of the late congressman. At the time, the change was scheduled to occur "in the next few months"; the building is owned by Amtrak and houses many Amtrak corporate offices, although Amtrak is headquartered at Union Station in Washington, D. C; the 562,000 ft² facility features a cavernous main passenger concourse with ornate Art Deco decor. Prominently displayed is the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial, which honors Pennsylvania Railroad employees killed in World War II, it consists of a bronze statue of the archangel Michael lifting the body of a dead soldier out of the flames of war, was sculpted by Walker Hancock in 1950.
On the four sides of the base of that sculpture are the 1,307 names of those employees in alphabetical order. The building was restored in 1991 by Dan Peter Kopple & Associates; when the station was renovated, updated retail amen
Doylestown station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It is the last station along SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line. Located at the intersection of Bridge Street and Clinton Avenue, the station has a 169-space parking lot, it was built in 1871 by the Reading Railroad, as a much more elaborate Victorian structure than the present station. It had a decorative cupola over the ticket window and served as a Reading Railroad office at one point; the former freight house survives to this day. This station is wheelchair accessible. Doylestown station consists of a side platform along the tracks. There are five tracks at the station; the station has a ticket office, open on weekday mornings, as well as an ATM. In the past there was a pizza shop inside the station building. There is a canopy-type roof over the platform where people board the trains to keep people dry on rainy days. There are 2 bike racks available. Doylestown has a parking lot with 169 spaces. Train service at Doylestown is provided along the Lansdale/Doylestown Line of SEPTA Regional Rail, which begins at the station and runs south to Center City Philadelphia.
Doylestown station is located in fare zone 4. Service is provided daily from early morning to late evening. Most Lansdale/Doylestown Line trains continue through the Center City Commuter Connection tunnel and become Paoli/Thorndale Line trains, providing service to Malvern and Thorndale. In FY 2013, it had a weekday average of 383 boardings and 334 alightings. Media related to Doylestown at Wikimedia Commons SEPTA – Doylestown Station Original Doyleston Station Existing station
Delaware Valley University station
Delaware Valley University station is a small station along the SEPTA Lansdale/Doylestown Line. It is located on the campus of Delaware Valley University, just off of U. S. Route 202; this stop is referred to as "Del Val". It was named Farm School by the Reading Company until the 1960s, reflecting the college's original name of National Farm School; the station was called Delaware Valley College station until the university changed its name in 2015. In FY 2013, the station had a weekday average of 68 boardings and 70 alightings. A small-scale improvement project is in the planning to help beautify the station; this station is wheelchair accessible. SEPTA – Delaware Valley University Station
A side platform is a platform positioned to the side of a pair of tracks at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway. Dual side platform stations, one for each direction of travel, is the basic station design used for double-track railway lines. Side platforms may result in a wider overall footprint for the station compared with an island platform where a single width of platform can be shared by riders using either track. In some stations, the two side platforms are connected by a footbridge running above and over the tracks. While a pair of side platforms is provided on a dual-track line, a single side platform is sufficient for a single-track line. Where the station is close to a level crossing the platforms may either be on the same side of the crossing road or alternatively may be staggered in one of two ways. With the'near-side platforms' configuration, each platform appears before the intersection and with'far-side platforms' they are positioned after the intersection. In some situations a single side platform can be served by multiple vehicles with a scissors crossing provided to allow access mid-way along its length.
Most stations with two side platforms have an'Up' platform, used by trains heading towards the primary destination of the line, with the other platform being the'Down' platform which takes trains heading the opposite way. The main facilities of the station are located on the'Up' platform with the other platform accessed from a footbridge, subway or a track crossing. However, in many cases the station's main buildings are located on whichever side faces the town or village the station serves. Larger stations may have two side platforms with several island platforms in between; some are in a Spanish solution format, with two side platforms and an island platform in between, serving two tracks. Island platform Split platform
Chalfont station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Located at Sunset Avenue and Main Street, it serves the Lansdale/Doylestown Line. In FY 2013, Chalfont station had a weekday average of 143 alightings; the station has a small shelter with overhead heat lamps. SEPTA – Chalfont Station Existing Railroad Stations in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 2000 Don Dorflinger Photo Original Chalfront Station Station from Google Maps Street View
New Britain, Pennsylvania
New Britain is a borough in Bucks County, United States. The population was 3,152 at the 2010 census. New Britain is located at 40°17′57″N 75°10′42″W. Natural features include Neshaminy Creek. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles, all of it land. As of the 2010 census, the borough was 92.7% White, 1.6% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 1.1% were two or more races. 2.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,125 people, 912 households, 670 families residing in the borough; the population density was 2,454.1 people per square mile. There were 930 housing units at an average density of 730.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.87% White, 2.05% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.
There were 912 households, out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.5% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, 7.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. In the borough the population was spread out, with 18.6% under the age of 18, 29.0% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males. The median income for a household in the borough was $60,029, the median income for a family was $67,500. Males had a median income of $45,875 versus $28,942 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $20,877. About 1.6% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over