WAWA Station Opens

Welcome to Wawa Station

an illustration of a train station with the words Arriving Aug. 21, Wawa Station

It’s been more than 35 years since SEPTA trains last served this community, and SEPTA is excited to be bringing back rail service to Middletown Township, Chester Heights Borough, and western Delaware County when service at the new Wawa Station begins on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Thanks to a station naming rights agreement, SEPTA’s newest Regional Rail station will bear the name of a hometown institution: Wawa Station.

The Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project is a milestone for SEPTA, marking the first new Regional Rail service extension since the Airport Line began operating in 1985.

  • Fully ADA accessible station with a high-level island platform, station building and restrooms
  • 19 Daily Inbound trains (to Center City)
  • 21 Daily Outbound trains (to Wawa)
  • Parking for approximately 600 cars
  • SEPTA Bus Routes 111 and 114 will serve the new Wawa Regional Rail station on the Media/Wawa Line beginning on Monday August 29, 2022. Please refer to printed timetables for specific trip details. See Connections to SEPTA Bus Routes 111 & 114 (PDF)
  • Connections to future pedestrian and bike trails
  • Easy access to Baltimore Pike/Route 1
  • Conveniently located in Middletown Township in the heart of Delaware County and a 10-minute drive from Chester County line

New Service to a New Station

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Service on the newly named Media/Wawa Line starts on Sunday, August 21.

The first-ever passenger trip from Wawa Station departs at 6:10 AM on Sunday, August 21, 2022

Weekday Service from Wawa Station

  • 19 Daily Inbound trains (to Center City)
  • 21 Daily Outbound trains (to Wawa)

See the route information and schedules.

Wawa Station Ribbon Cutting- Thursday, August 18, 2022

In celebration of the start of service, SEPTA and Wawa leaders gathered with local officials and community members on Thursday, August 18 to cut the ribbon at the recently completed Wawa Station – the new terminus of the Media/Wawa Regional Rail Line.  The opening of Wawa Station marks the first extension of SEPTA’s rail service since the Airport Line was established in 1985. SEPTA trains last served this area in 1986.

Make the Safe Choice – Respect the Train

QR code for train safety, with the words Respect the Train

SEPTA values your personal safety. We want our customers, neighbors, and all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to be familiar with train safety and make safe choices around trains, tracks, and grade crossings.

  • Tracks are not for people – walking along the track right-of-way or crossing the tracks is trespassing
  • Approaching trains can be very quiet and difficult to hear, especially if you are wearing headphones or are distracted
  • At grade crossings, stop as soon as possible when you see and hear activated flashing lights, bells, and gates
  • Trains approaching a highway grade crossing are traveling at their normal speeds – remember they cannot steer to avoid a car or pedestrian
  • Never stop on a crossing even if no trains are in sight
  • When boarding trains, stay behind the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop

Why Trains Sound Horns

Train horns – along with modern signalized grade crossing technology – are a critical safety feature that provide advanced warning to motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching a crossing. SEPTA engineers adhere to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Train Horn Rule (49 CFR Part 222) which requires trains to sound their horns in advance of a crossing, following a specific pattern (2 long – 1 short – 1 long), at a minimum decibel level (between 96 and 110 decibels).

With the start of service to Wawa Station, trains will be traveling between 40-45 MPH through the highway grade crossing at Lenni Road in both directions. This video demonstrates the Lenni Road grade crossing in operation during recent testing.

For more safety information and to learn how you and your family can “Make the Safe Choice”, please visit SEPTA’s System Safety page.

Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project

SEPTA’s Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project is restoring three-and-a-half (3.5) miles of service along the existing right-of-way from the current terminus at Elwyn Station to the new Wawa Station in Middletown Township, Delaware County.

Construction on the Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project began in 2018, following earlier slope stabilization and substation work, and service to the new Wawa Station on the Media/Wawa Regional Rail Line will begin on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Project Highlights

  • New fully accessible station facilities at Wawa
  • 600-car parking deck and access road with signalized access to Baltimore Pike/Route 1
  • New rail yard and crew facility at Lenni
  • Replacement of 3.5 miles of trackbed and track
  • Replacement of four bridges, including the bridge over Baltimore Pike
  • Rehabilitation of five culverts
  • Replacement of overhead catenary system (power wires)
  • New stormwater management, slope stabilization and retaining walls
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Construction Progress