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The Maryland Transit Administration has announced that the revised schedule for MARC Penn Line Service will start Monday, March 14, 2011. Penn Line service will increase to eight train sets, providing approximately 1,000 additional seats during the morning and evening rush hours. The new schedule is being implemented in an effort to reduce overcrowded conditions and improve on-time performance.
With ridership at high volume and continuing to increase on MARC Train service, the new schedule is based on a review of MARC train scheduling and passenger loads and in conjunction with AMTRAK. While the new schedule was developed to be similar to the previous one in an effort to minimize the level of disruption to the preferences of current customers, passengers are urged to consult the new schedule for its potential impact on their daily commute. For example, the morning train to Perryville will depart Washington D.C. earlier in order to arrive in Edgewood and Aberdeen by 7:45 am. In addition, a newly scheduled train (#579) will depart Perryville at 6:25 pm, making stops at Aberdeen (6:33 pm), Edgewood) 6:42 pm), Martin State Airport (6:52 pm) and Baltimore’s Penn Station (7:08 pm).
Service enhancements contained in the new schedule include the following:
Two additional southbound trains in the morning and evening rush hours
In order to offer more frequent service without additional capital investment, rush hour Penn Line trains that had consisted of six, eight or nine cars are being reduced to six or seven cars maximum. The shorter yet more frequent trains are intended to provide passengers with additional travel options. This new approach will also simultaneously reduce the load on MARC locomotives, with the intention of increasing their longevity and minimizing the need for more frequent repairs.
Neither the Brunswick nor Camden Line schedules are affected by the additional Penn Line trains. Schedule enhancements are currently being discussed with CSX Transportation, with a target implementation date in the summer of 2011.
Comprehensive information – including the new schedule, frequently asked questions and a detailed synopsis of schedule changes – is available at www.mta.maryland.gov under the “Special Announcements” section subtitled “New Penn Line Schedule.” To sign up for e-notifications regarding MARC train service, visit www.alerts.marylandmail.com.
For general information on MTA service, visit the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 11 PM at 410-539-5000 (TTY 410-539-3497) or 866-RIDE-MTA. To sign-up to receive email about service modifications and delays, go to www.mta.maryland.gov and click “Email Notification.”
John M. Wesley