Newark Train Station may soon be named after Sen. Carper | The Latest from WDEL News

Your morning train commute could eventually take you from Joseph Biden to Thomas Carper.

That would be the result of Senate Bill 276, which would rename the under-construction Newark Regional Transportation Center to the Senator Thomas R. Carper Station.

Work began on upgrading Newark’s SEPTA and AMTRAK rail station in 2018, located just north of the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus, Agriculture Campus, and Sports Complex.

Carper is credited with helping to secure federal money for the $21 million restoration of the Wilmington Train Station, now officially the Joseph R. Biden Train Station, and another $12.25 million in grant money for the Newark work.

When finished, the hope is the Newark Train Station will not only serve AMTRAK and SEPTA, but also potentially be a connector to Maryland’s MARC, creating a regional rail network from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

Currently, MARC service ends in Perryville, Cecil County.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola is the prime sponsor.

For as long as I’ve known him, Sen. Carper has advocated for the tremendous public good that gets created when we invest in our infrastructure, support job creation and connect our communities,” he said in a statement. “The new train station under construction in Newark will soon do all three by creating a transportation hub right next to one of Delaware’s most exciting hubs of innovation, which is why naming this new facility in honor of Sen. Carper is so fitting.”

In addition to the I-95 corridor link, the state of Delaware is also slated to do a feasibility study investigating possible rail service up-and-down the spine of the state to either Ocean City or Salisbury, Maryland.

SB276 is set to be heard in the Senate Executive Committee at some point before the end of this year’s session on June 30.

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