Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pictures of Penn Station in New York City and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia

For those that read my blog but have never been to Penn Station in New York City and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia I thought I'd include a couple photos of both. I found these on flickr.

Penn Station in New York City
7th Ave entrance to Penn Station:

These are the stairs that lead down from the 7th Ave entrance to Penn Station. Penn Station is in a basement basically. These are from the bottom of the stairs looking up. The on stair advertising is fairly new, been there for about 3 years I'd say. It was not there when I started my commute from Philly to NYC in 2004. There's a long hallway leading to these stairs from the train platforms so you get a good look at whatever ad is there.

Main Penn Station waiting area for Amtrak trains. Tracks are down the stairs which are to the left and right in this picture with the train announcement board in the middle of the picture

On the platform at Penn Station

30th Street Station
Shot of 3oth Street Station from the Center City side of the Schuylkill River (East of the Schuylkill River is Center City Philadelphia, West of the river is West Philly) with the Cira Center in the background. The Market Street bridge is in the foreground.

30th Street entrance to 30th Street Station

Main hall of 30th Street Station

30th Street train status board

Most Phi to NYC trains boarded on Track #3, I got to know these stairs very well...

30th Street Station is quite a beautiful structure while Penn Station NYC, well, is not. They say the original Penn Station used to be quite nice before it was demolished in 1964, here's a picture of the original:

This is shot of 8th Ave looking south with Penn Station on the left and the Farley Post Office on the right. New York wants to remodel the Farley Post Office and to make it into a new Penn Station.


  • You give a positive impression of the commute Philly-NYC. I was wondering if you could write more about it as I am personally considering undertaking NYC-Philly commute 4 times a week for 2 years. For instance, are there are lot of delays? Can you take the express train with the monthly commuter pass?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM, December 30, 2007  

  • I stumbled on your blog online. I am considering commuting from NYC to Philly to attend classes at Temple Univesity. Can you advise how to do this by rail - what trains to take? Is it feasible/advisable to do this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:33 PM, January 04, 2008  

  • Response to: "I am considering commuting from NYC to Philly to attend classes at Temple Univesity."

    This is doable but may take up to 2 hours one way.

    Getting to Trenton from NYC would be easy via NJT or Amtrak, take any train. Then from Trenton you can take SEPTA to the Temple University Station (10th and Berks Streets). This is your best bet.

    You may want to see if Temple offers a shuttle service from their campus to the Trenton NJT station. That'd be nice, wouldn't have to wait for the SEPTA train transfer.

    You could also take a Chinatown bus to Center City Philly, walk over to the Broad Street subway, and take that up to the Cecil B Moore stop.

    Temple is not in a good part of Philly. I recommend you find out in which building your class will be and make a test trip there, and at the class time, to make sure you're comfortable.

    By Blogger Amtrak Track, at 4:56 PM, January 10, 2008  

  • Philadelphia to New York is not a commute. The commute zone from NY ends at Trenton, as done the one from Philadephia. amtrak's federal franchise is for INTERCITY service only. Its not, by law, permitted to be a commuter line.

    This is important to note...people do commute daily, and some even from farther away, such a Baltimore, but there are issues with doing this and if you understand that this is intercity and not commute service, things will make more sense.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:22 AM, March 02, 2009  

  • Will be in NYC in May. Would like to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum also. Would the commute back and forth by Amtrak make sense or should I just plan to stay overnite?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 PM, March 31, 2009  

  • Comment on the point "amtrak's federal franchise is for INTERCITY service only"

    Whatever, that policy is from the 70s, times change and government needs to adapt. People commute longer distances now and so government policy should enable people to do this if they so choose. People will work wherever they are able to make the most money. This is good for them and good for the government since higher salaries mean more taxes collected by fed/state/etc.

    As for "Would like to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum" - sure Philly is a great day trip, go for it. But I'd say stay over too, Philly hotels are cheap and there's plenty to do in the city to keep you busy for several days.

    By Blogger Amtrak Track, at 9:39 PM, August 26, 2009  

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