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MARC Expanding To Offer Weekend Service

Later this year, MARC riders should be able to more easily travel between D.C. and Baltimore.
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Later this year, MARC riders should be able to more easily travel between D.C. and Baltimore.

Maryland is expanding its MARC rail service beyond the work week, as Gov. Martin O'Malley designates $100 million from the recent transportation funding legislation to bring weekend service to the Penn Line.

The Penn Line runs between Washington's Union Station and Baltimore's Penn Station.

Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens says the state has begun negotiations on the new service with Amtrak, which is the contractor for Penn Line service. He says weekend service is still months away, but officials hope to start as soon as possible.

Owens says ticket prices would be the same as weekday service.

The legislation also calls for new locomotives in the MARC system and two more weekday roundtrips on the Camden Line, which runs between Union Station and Camden Yards in Baltimore.

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