Stanton Warwick Connector
The SWC (Stanton Warwick Connector) is a commuter railway, connecting Downtown Stanton on a short route with Warwick Station in Penquisset. There are only a few stops between the terminal stations, most with transfers to rapid transit lines. The SWC is one of two connections between Stanton and Warwick (the other being the Warwick Landing terminus of Stanton's subway line 15 and Warwick's blue line). The SWC provides a faster connection (only 28 minutes) than the subway connection, which has many stops. The Stanton Northern Commuter line "K" connects Warwick with Astera and Bronzeville and forms a large arc through the suburbs before reaching Stanton Union Station, but not downtown Stanton.
A first railway between Stanton and Warwick made a great bow via Bronzeville and Astera - like today the line "K" of Stanton Northern Commuter. 1874 the Bruchlinie Elevated lines opened a steam powered suburban line between Sand Street Loop in Bruchline and Warwick Landing, since 1898 with electric driven trains. This was the nucleus of line 15 from the Stanton Subway today. To get from Stanton to Warwick two times are to use a ferry - at Warwick Landing and at Sand Street. With 15 intermediate stations this journey was slow. 1919 this line was prolongated to midtown Stanton. To get to downtown Stanton, in Smithwick Junction was to change the line (and is it til today).
Long years a direct and more fast connection was wished. In the 1930ies and 1940ies the money flow in new subway lines inside of Stanton and not before 1954 the towns of Stanton and Warwick are able, to rise the necessary amount for the long planed direct line.
The SWC began operation in May 1959. The tracks and right of way are owned by the cities of Stanton and the state of Penquisset, respectively, and the trains are managed by the SWC parent company, Neurban Industries. The cities of Stanton and Warwick each receive a 26% allocation of raised capital for the purposes of reinvestment into transportation infrastructure. The other 48% is distributed to a handful of private donators and stakeholders. In 2008 the stations were modernized and refurbished, with newly built and painted platforms, with new benches for passengers and real-time LED information screens to show information such as the arrival headways of trains.
The SWC is 28.5 kilometers in length and has a total of 9 Stations. In Warwick, Penquisset there are the stations "Warwick Station", "Warwick Downtown", "Oak Grove" and "Tapenik", which share right of way with the Blue Line of the Warwick Metro, and in Stanton, New Carnaby there are the stations "Warwick Landing" (transfers to Stanton subway line 15), "Green Bay" (transfers to Stanton subway line 16), "Eleventh Row", "Bruchlinie" (transfers to Stanton subway lines 12, 15 and 16) and "Stanton Downtown", a terminus with transfers to many other Stanton subway lines (1, 2, 3, 4, 13 and 14). There is legislation in processing in cooperation with the City of Warwick to prolongate the line to the Southern Station of Stanton.
The SWC has two parallel tracks for its entire length. From Stanton Downtown to just south of 11th Row the line runs in a 7 kilometers long tunnel under Goose Bay. From Goose Bay station to Warwick Landing most of the line is a cut right of way in the middle of an avenue. From Warwick Landing, the line runs deep under the New Carnaby River in a tunnel that is shared with the Warwick blue line. In the area of Warwick again the line has a cut right of way with four tracks parallel with the blue line all the way to Warwick Station. In this stretch, the SWC stops at only a few stations, much an express subway. The local traffic is served by Warwick's blue line.
The fare for the SWC from any point in Penquisset to any point in New Carnaby is $5.00. Transferring between stations in New Carnaby costs $3.00 and transfers between stations in Warwick is $1.00. Inside of the city of Stanton, there is also an option to use the Stanton Metro Card, allowing unlimited rides on the SWC. Outside of Stanton, the Metro Card is used as a pay-to-ride system.
The SWC runs a maximum of 7 trains simultaneously to maintain a headway of 10 minutes. For 15 minuter service, 5 trains are needed to be run. On weekend nights (Friday-Sunday) special later-night service is run, which has been dubbed "The Batliner" by local residents.
Five trains stay in standby in the depot near Warwick Landing, thus, in total there are eleven trains maintained for the SWC. Trains run with 800 Volt DC current from pantograph connection or third rail in tunnel sections, similar to some heavy rapid transit lines. The standard SWC train is 12 carriages in length (each 19.3 meters long), and is a total of 231.6 meters in length. The standard train can carry 1560 passengers (720 seating, 840 standing). The platforms of the stations have a length of 250 meters. At peak hours two train remain queued in Stanton Downtown and Warwick Landing, which can be placed into service if the standard trains are overcrowded.
At night, from Friday through Sunday the two red painted "Batliner" trains run as special service, running every 30 minutes from Downtown Warwick at 2:32 a.m. to 4:02 a.m and from Stanton 2:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Smoking is allowed in the first and last carriages. To have short reversals at termini (in Stanton, "0 minutes"), the trains are steered by two drivers. The Batliner costs the standard fare and are sheltered by more security personal than during the day to prevent robbery or assault. This night-service is sponsored by both cities and several private companies. Since the night-service was established around 1990, many nightclubs and places with live performances have opened along the SWC.
In the schedules below, green squares signify train stoppages every 10 minutes or less. Blue squares indicate service every 15 minutes, and yellow squares denote service about every 20 minutes.
Some trains placed into service at Warwick Landing do not appear in the timetable, but are publicly operational. In the schedule only the first and last trains are shown. The Batliner service is included in the weekend schedule.
|Monday-Friday Service||km||in||first||second||third||all 20||all 10||all 15||all 10||all 15||all 20||last||out||out|
|Monday-Friday||km||in||in||first||all 20||all 10||all 15||all 10||all 15||all 20||last||out|
|Saturday-Sunday||km||in||Batliner||all 30||Batliner||out||in||first||second||third||all 20||all 15||all 10||all 15||all 20||last||out|
(*1) to Warwick Station please take the "Batliner" at 2:16 from Warwick Landing
|Saturday-Sunday||km||in||Batliner||all 30||Batliner||in||out||in||first||all 20||all 15||all 10||all 15||all 20||last||out||out|
(*2) to Stanton Downtown please take the "Batliner" at 2:14 from Warwick Landing
(*3) to Stanton Downtown please take the Subway-line 15 from Warwick Landing ot wait for the 2:44-Batliner