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MARC Penn Line delays

Mark Berman

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:
More delays: Penn Line train 410, scheduled to leave Washington at 8:25 a.m. and head north, is running about 20 to 25 minutes late.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:
Train 411 is running 30 minutes behind as it arrives at BWI, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Amtrak express train 513 is going to make additional stops as needed as it follows train 411.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:
Train 411 left Baltimore 24 minutes behind schedule.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:
More fun for the Penn Line! Train 411, scheduled to depart Baltimore at 7 a.m., is having mechanical problems in Charm City. It's running about 20 minutes late.

MARC riders on Penn Line train 513 might experience some crowding this morning. The train, which departs at 6:30 a.m., will be running one car short today.

By Mark Berman  | June 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, MARC  | Tags:  MARC, marc penn line  
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I was on the 411. The engine(s?) died about 100 yards out of the station. We backed up to Penn in time to wait for the 513 express from Perryville.

Once we all crowded aboard the 513 (running a car short today naturally) it was announced that the 411 was running and would be leaving first? huh? why let local train leave before an express?

Not many people reboarded the 411 by my reckoning; they were probably like me - expecting the 513 to be allowed to pass the local train at some point.

No. We crawled behind the 411 making all stops to DC. We picked up a handful of riders at each station (e.g. the West Baltimore stop lasted less than a minute).

This is lunacy - why did an express train, which was already SRO, have to become a local train and make every stop?

MTA Website during this fiasco: "Minor disruptions"

MARC/MTA needs to come up with a plan for dealing with delays when trains are scheduled within minutes of each other. When trains are scheduled 15, 20, 30 minutes apart, there is no need for two trains to basically piggy-back each other toward the same final destination. Figure out a plan that allows minimizes delays and allows the most commuters to board safely.

This morning they could have easily divided the local stops between the two trains, and minimized the crowding, delay, and inconvenience for everyone involved.

Posted by: zizzy | June 30, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I was on the 513 this morning and wondered the same about letting the local go before the express...would love to hear the reasoning on that one. Also fyi last night's 7:40pm WAS (#442) also had engine trouble, surprising I know. We finally started to pull into Penn station around 9:15pm only to be stopped again. For some reason they had us on a track with another stopped train ahead of us causing only one door of our seven car train to make the platform. After 10m of waiting they decided to have us all exit out that one door! I tend to not agree with my republican colleagues on much these days but there is one issue I'm starting to see common ground on: defunding Amtrak. The MARC Penn line issues are just the latest examples of how dysfunctional Amtrak has become. We deserve a better system.

Posted by: bmore2 | June 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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