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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Big MARC delays this morning

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The first southbound MARC train has made all stops, reports Frances Sellers.

Meanwhile, Vicky Hallett of the Express reports that her train skipped West Baltimore but has been express service the rest of the way (stopping only at BWI and again in Washington).


Train 521 is now entirely canceled between Perryville and Washington. Amtrak train 183 will be picking up passengers at the Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood, Martins, Penn Station, BWI and New Carrollton stations.

Meanwhile, Frances Sellers reports from the first southbound train that they are making other stops. Some trains appear to be serving some stations, while others are running express from BWI to Washington, according to the reports we're getting.

8:40 A.M. UPDATE:

Also, northbound MARC travelers -- we didn't forget about you! -- the next northbound MARC train will be train 414, departing Washington for Baltimore at 9:30 a.m.

8:37 A.M. UPDATE:

The first southbound train is at capacity and will be running express from BWI to Washington. There are three MARC trains behind it and will service all stations within the next 5 to 15 minutes, per the MTA.

The Post's Frances Sellers reports from the first southbound train that every seat appears to be taken and some folks are standing, but she has seen it much worse.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Train 504 is canceled north of Baltimore, while train 521 is canceled between Perryville and Baltimore (Amtrak train 183 will pick up MARC riders from train 521 at Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Martins).

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

The first southbound train has departed Penn Station, according to the MTA. The other trains should follow within the next few minutes.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The eight-car Penn Line train is arriving at West Baltimore now and will make all stops to Washington, picking up as many passengers as possible, according to the MTA.

Meanwhile, train 410 (8:20 a.m. departure from Washington) is canceled because there's no crew available to operate the train.

8:03 A.M. UPDATE:

Now the MTA reports that a train will depart the West Baltimore station heading south to Washington within the next 5 or 10 minutes. The train will carry as many passengers as possible.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

Penn Line train 408 has been canceled, while all other Penn Line trains are still delayed. The latest estimate for trains to leave Penn Station is now 8:15 a.m., according to the MTA's latest update (timestamped 8:01 a.m., for some reason). They are trying to turn northbound equipment into southbound trains, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The latest from the Maryland Transit Administration: Trains are still delayed due to the earlier problems. The new estimated time for trains to leave from Penn Station is 7:45 a.m. We'll keep you posted

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

It's estimated that the first southbound Penn Line train will depart Penn Station at 7:30 a.m. But all Penn Line trains are still delayed by the mechanical problems and issues with the overhead electrical wires. So check back here in a little bit and we'll let you know.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

MARC Penn Line train 407 is still stopped south of Penn Station due to equipment problems (a damaged pantograph on the train and power failure to overhead electrical wires). ALL Penn Line trains will be delayed this morning. Metro will honor MARC tickets.

Train 509 is being delayed because the tracks are blocked by train 407, and train 411 could also be delayed.


MARC Penn Line train 407 (6:17 a.m. departure from Penn Station) is stopped south of Penn Station with a mechanical problem. There is no estimate for how long the delay will last, but we will update you as soon as we know.

By Mark Berman  | December 20, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC  
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I took the Camden Line this morning. Nanny nanny boo boo.

Posted by: bs2004 | December 20, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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