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Heat Restrictions on MARC

MARC commuter trains will have the slows this afternoon. Heat restrictions are in effect for the Brunswick and Camden Lines, the Maryland Transit Administration says. Commuters should plan on 10 to 15 minute delays.

Here's the MARC train tracker page.

Heat restrictions are imposed on the lines by their owner, CSX, on hot summer days when concerns rise that the rails might develop kinks. Such kinks have led to derailments.

The heat orders are not the only issues that delay MARC riders. This has been a pretty typical summer for slowdowns caused by equipment failures and stalled CSX freight trains. Meanwhile, ridership demands are increasing as people take to the trains to avoid the rising gas prices.

The MTA says the average daily ridership on MARC's three lines -- Camden, Brunswick and Penn -- was 32,604 in May, up 6 percent from May 2007. MARC is looking to increase parking space at Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Seabrook. It says there's still a decent amount of parking at Dorsey, Savage, BWI Marshall Airport, Muirkirk and Bowie State.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 16, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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