Trenton Station vs. Philly station
Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:56 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:03 PM
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:24 PM
Philly is a nicer station, but parking is expensive (1 hour, $12; 2 hours $17), and street parking in the area is problematic. Just getting to the station door for a pick-up is not a cinch at PHL. Trenton is a much smaller station and the parking garage is much more reasonably priced (up to 2 hours, $6.50). Plus, picking up at the station is much easier at Trenton than Philadelphia. Given the sometimes less than ideal traffic situation getting in and out of Philadelphia, I would vote for Trenton.
In Aug I am going to train out to a friend in NJ. With where he lives it's about the same distance for him to pick me up at either the Philly station or the Trenton Station, only about 6-7 miles farther to the Philly Station. He doesn't care which station he picks me up from but I was just wondering if folks here knew which is easier to get picked up from in the sense of access and such. Also if he is running a bit late or I am which is a better station to hang out at.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:08 PM
If you choose PHL.. Avoid a train between 4 and 730PM. Traffic is awful at that point in the day.
Edited by Acela150, 02 March 2012 - 04:09 PM.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:46 PM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:44 AM
Or you could just go to the front (west) side....
Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:15 PM
Trenton Station is in a dark high crime neighborhood. It is not in a safe area. I would avoid that station. Park in the adjoining Amtrak parking lot. You can check out the exact rates online.
Seriously? Enough with the fear mongering. To the OP, you & your friend will be perfectly safe at the amtrak station in Trenton. As a young woman, I certainly wouldn't wander around the neighborhood by myself in the evening flashing cash or with lots of bags, but it is fine in the actual station or walking to the station from the parking area. In fact I normally observe a few police officers in the station keeping an eye on things.
The other bonus of picking up someone in Trenton is saving on the bridge toll over to Philly from NJ. I think it might be up to $5 right now.
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