For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
MARC PASSENGERS TO FIND CONNECTING AT UNION STATION EASIER, MORE PREDICTABLE, LESS OF A HIKE
Board of Public Works Approves Improved Layover Facility for MARC Trains
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (MARCH 23, 2012) – For MARC Train Service patrons, boarding and exiting trains at Union Station in Washington D.C. has often meant long hikes, uncertainty and occasional delays as MARC train platforms were switched around from day to day to accommodate Amtrak trains. At least part of the reason for the frustration has been that MARC trains spent their layover time between morning and evening rush hours parked inside or far outside Union Station, requiring multiple re-configurations of rails and platforms in the course of a day. That’s about to change.
The new arrangement, planned to be in full operation by 2014, is intended to shorten the long walks to and from trains arriving and departing from Union Station that have characterized travel on MARC service, as well as minimize arrival and departure delays. Union Station itself is also expecting to enjoy smoother operation as a result of it being fully utilized as a traditional train station, instead of a combination train station and storage yard.
According to MTA Administrator Ralign Wells, “We welcome this decision by the Board of Public Works to support MARC Train Service riders. Because of Governor O’Malley’s commitment to convenient and affordable public transportation, the MTA has made this improvement for our MARC patrons a key goal. While we value every improvement to service for MARC riders, we are confident that this investment – which has been in the planning stages for over a decade – will make a major difference in the quality of commuting that they have come to expect.”
John Hovatter, Director of MARC Operations, said, “The housing and maintaining of the trains in close proximity to the station, without having to remain inside the station, will enable trains to be deployed more efficiently as they are needed, versus the continuous shuffling of trains that has been necessary to date.”
For more 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 a.m. to 11 p.m. at
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