Dr. Gridlock: Commuter Rail


Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Flood restrictions slow MARC, VRE lines

Travel on the Maryland Area Regional commuter service’s Brunswick Line will be restricted Wednesday afternoon due to flash flood warnings issued by CSX, the company that owns the tracks. The Virginia Railway Express will operate under flood restrictions between Rolling Road and Broad Run. Riders can expect 30-minute delays along the Manassas Line.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Commuter Rail

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Meet MARC managers at Union Station

Passengers who ride Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains will get a chance to meet management Tuesday at Union Station.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Commuter Rail, Maryland

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Amtrak to continue running trains during shutdown

Amtrak says a government shutdown won’t affect its operations along the busy Northeast Corridor or anywhere else in the country.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Commuter Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/04/2011

New MARC train station at Halethorpe

Maryland officials are scheduled to break ground Monday on a new Maryland Area Regional Commuter train station at Halethorpe.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland, Commuter Rail

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/24/2011

VRE plans policy, fare hearings

Virginia Railway Express officials will host a series of six public hearings on proposed fare and policy changes.

By Jennifer Buske  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:44 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Light Rail headaches continue

Once again, Light Rail riders are in for a tricky commute: Trains will not operating north of Timonium Station to the Hunt Valley stop due to damage to the overhead wire.

By Mark Berman  |  05:44 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Light Rail headaches in MD

If you commute in Maryland and take the Light Rail, be warned: Light Rail trains will not operating north of Timonium Station to the Hunt Valley stop due to damage to the overhead wire. Shuttle bus service is in place from Timonium to Hunt Valley.

By Mark Berman  |  06:20 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 01/07/2011

VRE set ridership record Thursday

The Virginia Railway Express set an all-time ridership record Thursday with almost 20,000 trips, VRE officials said. On Jan. 6, the commuter-rail service recorded 19,912 trips. The previous record was set on Nov. 16 with 19,540 trips. When VRE was...

By Jennifer Buske  |  03:14 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Big MARC delays this morning

Delays and issues for MARC riders.

By Mark Berman  |  08:45 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Review finds flaws in MARC rail

The June breakdown of a MARC train that stranded 1,200 passengers in sweltering heat without air conditioning "reflects a series of organizational failures at multiple levels" in Maryland's commuter rail system, according to an investigation of the incident by the...

By Katherine Shaver  |  10:23 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Metro to honor MARC tickets

Metrorail will honor MARC tickets for the evening commute due to this morning's problems on the Brunswick Line, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. At one point all Brunswick Line trains were operating 15 to 30 minutes late. The Brunswick...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/08/2010

Track problem delays MARC trains

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said a crew for the rail agency was working on the tracks and accidentally left equipment in place that intentionally steers trains away from the area. The equipment was removed shortly before 5 p.m., Kulm said, and trains are moving again.

By MIchael D. Bolden  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Major delays for MARC

All MARC Brunswick Line trains will board passengers from the opposite track this morning at the Rockville Station, Garrett Park Station and Kensington stations due to a broken rail.

By Mark Berman  |  05:48 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/06/2010

VRE to collect Toys for Tots

The Virginia Railway Express will hold its annual Toys for Tots holiday toy collection Wednesday on all morning trains, VRE officials said. Riders are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy and leave it at their seat when they detrain...

By Jennifer Buske  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Freight train delays MARC train

4:25 p.m. Update: Train 873 is about 20 minutes late approaching Rockville. 4:20 p.m. Update: MARC Train 891 is operating about eight to 12 minutes late behind Train 873. Original post: The Maryland Transit Administration says a 1.5-mile freight train...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:44 AM ET, 12/02/2010

VRE trains delayed

Delays for a VRE train that stopped working.

By Mark Berman  |  06:44 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/22/2010

MARC train will be 1 car short

MARC Brunswick Line Train 873, which departs Washington at 3:35 pm., will be one car short today, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The Brunswick Line carries an average 7,600 passengers daily between Washington and points north and west, including...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Motorcycle crash victim a VRE worker

A 33-year-old Gaithersburg man who was fatally injured Sunday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding in upper Montgomery County was a conductor for Virginia Railway Express, according to rail officials. Larry Daniel Talley worked for Keolis...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:16 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Disabled train delays MARC

2:48 p.m. Update: MARC 424 is operating about 20 minutes late approaching Seabrook, according to the MTA. 2:40 p.m. Update:Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said a diesel is on the scene to move the disabled Acela. Kulm said that about 12:25...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/19/2010

A case for Columbia Pike streetcars

Transportation officials from Arlington and Fairfax counties gathered community comments regarding the five-mile Columbia Pike Streetcar plan as they prepare the documentation to apply for federal funding.

By Christy Goodman  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 11/18/2010

MARC train will be two cars short

MARC 538 will be two cars short. The Maryland Transit Administration says you should expect overcrowding. 6:29 p.m. Update: Camden Line Train 855 is running about 45 minutes late; Camden 854 is expected to depart Union Station 10 to 15...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  06:07 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Metro option for MARC riders

MARC riders on the Brunswick Line can ride Metro for free this afternoon by showing their tickets to station managers on the Red Line. The Maryland Transit Administration said the option is available because of the delays Wednesday morning on...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/17/2010

MARC advisory council on Thurs.

The MARC Riders Advisory Council plans to meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Room 337 of the Hall of the States building, 444 North Capitol St. in Northwest Washington. The meeting is open to the public....

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/17/2010

VRE delays to affect p.m. commute

Mechanical problems on three Virginia Railway Express trains caused significant delays for commuters Wednesday morning and will affect the afternoon commute as crews reset the trains and rearrange the configurations. VRE officials said Fredericksburg Line trains 300, 302 and 304...

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Columbia Pike streetcar plans take shape

Details are coming together for a proposed streetcar linking Arlington and Fairfax counties that could launch by late 2016, helping spur redevelopment of the Baileys Crossroads and Skyline area.

By Kafia Hosh  |  01:45 PM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Crowding, delays for MARC trains

MARC Brunswick Line train 892 (departing at 6:05 a.m. from Frederick) will run one car short this morning, so expect potential crowding.

By Mark Berman  |  05:45 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Diary of a MARC commuter

Penny Frye, a daily passenger on MARC's Brunswick Line, is one of the many Maryland commuter train riders who have endured frequent delays recently. CSX Transportation, which operates the Brunswick and Camden lines for the Maryland Transit Administration, attributed the...

By Katherine Shaver  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/09/2010

No VRE service on Thursday

Virginia Railway Express trains will not run on Thursday, which is Veterans Day. The commuter rail service will resume operations on Friday. The Maryland Transit Administration, however, does plan to run trains, but the schedule will be limited. Only trains...

By Michael Bolden  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 11/08/2010

MARC cancellations and delays

7:15 p.m. Update: MARC has opened the Metro option due to delays on the Brunswick Line. 5:05 p.m. Update: Train 450 is canceled, according to the MTA. The next train to depart Washington will be 534 at 5:20 p.m. Original...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:56 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 11/04/2010

Some VRE trains late; Metro option open

5:35 p.m. Update: The signal problem has been fixed, VRE said. Train 331 is running 25 minutes late. Train 309 is 15 minutes late. Later trains should be on time, officials said. Original post: A signal problem at Union Station...

By Michael Bolden  |  05:23 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Delays on MARC Camden Line

The Maryland Transit Administration says all northbound Camden Line trains may experience delays of 10 to 15 minutes between Washington and Greenbelt. Speed restrictions are in place due to track work. From the Post's archives: MARC riders on Brunswick Line...

By Michael Bolden  |  05:39 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Chat with VRE CEO Wed.

Virginia Railway Express is holding an online discussion with Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner Wednesday at noon. The chat is scheduled to last for an hour. Visit vre.org/chatterbox to follow the chat or to submit questions....

By Michael Bolden  |  09:47 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/29/2010

CSX fire causes train delays

A minor mechanical fire in a CSX locomotive around 10 a.m. Friday morning on tracks in Crystal City caused minor delays for some commuter trains, Arlington fire officials said. Stoppages lasted about 10 minutes before they were diverted, but trains...

By Michael Bolden  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Are you a regular MARC rider?

Do you ride MARC's Brunswick or Camden lines? Have you had to deal with the recent delays and cancellations? Send an e-mail describing your experiences and with your contact information to Katherine Shaver. From the Post's archives: Two MARC trains...

By Michael Bolden  |  09:25 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Two MARC trains canceled

5 a.m. Update: Trains 878 and 892 are canceled, according to MARC. The Metro option is available for Brunswick Line riders. 4:45 a.m. Update: MARC says it has received confirmation from CSX, which operates the Brunswick Line for MARC, that...

By Michael Bolden  |  12:16 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Body near tracks delays MARC trains

8:55 p.m. Update: The tracks have reopened. MARC officials say passengers should listen closely to announcements being made at Rockville Station to ascertain the destinations of departing trains. 7:46 p.m. Update: The MTA says buses are approximately 30 minutes from...

By Michael Bolden  |  07:46 PM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Metro option open for MARC riders

Metro will honor MARC tickets on the Red Line this afternoon due to Monday morning delays that affected the Brunswick Line, the Maryland Transit Administration said. The Brunswick Line provides service between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Va. gets $45 million for high-speed rail

Virginia is one step closer to getting its own high-speed rail service and thereby reducing traffic along the notoriously clogged Interstate 95 corridor. The state has been awarded $45.4 million in federal transportation grants toward the development of a high-speed passenger rail service between Richmond and Petersburg and Washington.

By Kafia Hosh  |  08:25 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 10/25/2010

MARC Camden Line trains delayed

7:18 p.m. Update: Delays continue along the Camden Line due to power failure at Greenbelt. Some trains are operating as much as 40 minutes late. MTA officials said Train 856, which was scheduled to depart Union Station at 7:35 p.m.,...

By Michael Bolden  |  07:20 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 10/25/2010

MARC Penn Line train terminated

Penn Line Train 533, which was scheduled to leave Perryville at 2:35 p.m., is terminating at Baltimore due to an engine problem, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Passengers will transfer to Train 435, which departs Baltimore at 3:45 p.m.,...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:40 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/25/2010

Tysons Metro tunnel breaks through

Tysons tour photo gallery It was late Wednesday night and a team of roughly 30 engineers, technicians and laborers were toiling away inside a massive, 29-foot-wide tunnel buried beneath Tysons Corner, drilling away sand, gravel and clay. And then, suddenly,...

By Derek Kravitz  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/22/2010

VRE opens Metro option for riders

Virginia Railway Express officials expect service on the Manassas Line to return to operate normally this afternoon. However, the rail agency says the Metro option is available for all passengers this afternoon. Passengers can ride Metro for free by presenting...

By Michael Bolden  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Train system outage affected five states

VRE officials said they do not anticipate any disruptions this evening, however will continue to monitor the situation with Norfolk Southern. Norfolk Southern's signal system went out around 6:30 a.m. this morning across the entire Piedmont Region, which extends south beyond Virginia and into the Carolinas, VRE officials said. While the first two VRE trains were able to operate this morning, the blackout stopped train 326. VRE officials said Norfolk Southern gave them permission to move at a reduced speed to Backlick Road, where buses took riders to the Springfield metro. Otherwise, passengers would have been stranded on the tracks, they said.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:20 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/21/2010

VRE buys new locomotives

VRE Virginia Railway Express has purchased its last new locomotive, which completes the commuter rail service's effort to update its aging equipment. The $4 million locomotive is set to arrive in July 2011 and is one of 20 VRE...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/19/2010

Meet the MARC managers

MARC riders can meet some of the people who operate the train service on Wednesday

By Mark Berman  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/18/2010

MARC train delayed at Union Station

4:40 p.m. Update: MARC 875 will board passengers on the opposite track at Silver Spring, according to the MTA. 4:35 p.m. Update: Train 891 is now running 20 to 25 minutes late, and may incur an additional delay due to...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/15/2010

MARC train delays

6:38 p.m. Update: MARC Train 440 will leave Washington 10 to 15 minutes late (normal departure of 6:40 p.m.) due to late equipment, according to the MTA 6:30 p.m. Update: EMS personnel have removed the passenger. No word on how...

By Michael Bolden  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Freight train kills man in Rockville

MARC and Amtrak trains will face delays this afternoon and evening as Montgomery County police investigate the death of a man struck by a CSX freight train at Randolph Road in Rockville, authorities said.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:35 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/06/2010

Chat with VRE's chief executive

The chief executive officer of Virginia Railway Express will be online today to field -service related questions. The discussion with Dale Zehner begins at noon at www.vre.org/chatterbox. You can ask a question ahead of time and check back later to...

By Michael Bolden  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/01/2010

Amtrak to take some VRE riders

1:30 p.m. Update: VRE officials say that Amtrak 171 will accept VRE riders, stopping at all Manassas Line stations except Broad Run. Riders will not need to use a "step-up" ticket. Here's the departure schedule for Amtrak 171: -- Union...

By Kafia Hosh  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Cash payment machines out at BWI

The Maryland Transit Administration says a storm knocked out the communications on the cash payment machines at the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall parking garage. Riders can pay at the machines with credit cards or at the exit with cash. Officials said...

By Michael Bolden  |  11:53 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 09/28/2010

MARC trains 1 car short

6:20 p.m. Update: MARC Train 874 on the Brunswick Line will be one car short on Wednesday morning. 5:25 p.m. Update: MARC Train 850 will also be a car short, the MTA said. Commuters will not be able to ride...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:42 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 09/28/2010

VRE to test 10-car trains

Virginia Railway Express will deploy two10-car trains on Wednesday as the commuter rail service tests whether a new engine can handle the load, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:31 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/20/2010

Thousands pledge to be car-free

Thousands of Washington-area commuters have promised to ditch their cars Wednesday for Car Free Day, an international, annual event encouraging people to use mass transit, carpool, walk, bike or telework.

By Kafia Hosh  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 09/17/2010

VRE has $5.1 million surplus

The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board voted Friday to dedicate a $5.1 million fiscal 2010 budget surplus to new equipment and rail infrastructure improvements.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:29 PM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/15/2010

MARC advisory council meets Thurs.

The MARC Riders Advisory Council plans to meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/07/2010

MoCo's Ride On cuts take effect

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system service cuts went into effect Sunday. The changes include reducing the frequency of some routes and eliminating stops on others.

By Kafia Hosh  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail | Tags:  Ride-on

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 09/01/2010

Major lane shift in Tysons Corner

Road construction in Tysons Corner has become a way of life for drivers in the area, but patterns are about to change again. According to officials with the Dulles Rail Project, a major shift of eastbound Route 7 will happen Thursday night in in the area between the Sheraton Premiere Hotel and Best Buy. The shift will require staggered lane closings for paving and striping work on beginning at 9:30 Thursday night. The shift is scheduled to be completed by 5 a.m. Friday.

By Kafia Hosh  |  05:27 PM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 08/30/2010

Big drop on MARC Brunswick Line

The Maryland Transit Administration says ridership on MARC's Brunswick Line was down 9.3 percent last month compared to a year earlier.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:03 PM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 08/25/2010

Meet the MARC managers

Maryland commuter rail riders will get a chance to meet some of the people who operate the MARC train service on Thursday. The Maryland Transit Administration is holding its regular Meet the MARC Managers event, this time at the Germantown...

By Michael Bolden  |  08:26 AM ET, 08/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Va. submits high-speed rail request

Virginia has submitted new applications requesting federal funding for high-speed rail, including more than $50 million for the I-95 corridor between Richmond and the District, the commonwealth said yesterday.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:08 PM ET, 08/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail | Tags:  High-speed rail

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/16/2010

3 MARC trains each one car short

5:50 p.m. Update: Add Train 852 on the Camden Line to the list of trains with one less car. Original post: MARC Train 534, which leaves Union Station at 5:20 p.m. and serves Penn Line commuters, will operate with one...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:14 PM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 08/12/2010

Expect crowding on MARC trains

5:30 p.m. Update: The MTA says MARC 875 arrived at Rockville 30 minutes late. MARC 877 is running 10 minutes late as it approaches Rockville. 5:10 p.m. Update: MARC 875 is on the move, but is running 32 minutes late,...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:55 PM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 08/12/2010

VRE delays for p.m. commute

Riders on the Virginia Railway Express Fredericksburg Line can expect delays this evening as CSX crews repair a section of track, VRE officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:03 PM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Heat restrictions for VRE trains

Virginia Railway Express passengers can expect some delays tonight as the extreme heat will force trains to slow down during the evening commute.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:22 PM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/11/2010

MARC trains will be shorter

Two MARC trains will each operate with one less car Wednesday evening, according to the Maryland Transit Administration, increasing the probability for crowding. MARC Train 534 on the Penn Line, which departs Union Station at 5:20 p.m., and Camden Line...

By Michael Bolden  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 08/10/2010

Heat will delay VRE, MARC trains

Some Virginia Railway Express and MARC passengers can expect some delays tonight as the extreme heat will force trains to slow down during the evening commute.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:20 PM ET, 08/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 08/09/2010

MARC train to be one car short

MARC Train 534, which leaves Union Station at 5:20 p.m. and serves Penn Line commuters, will operate with one less car today, according to the Maryland Transit Administration....

By Michael Bolden  |  02:54 PM ET, 08/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:40 AM ET, 08/06/2010

VRE cancellation

All Fredericksburg line trains are canceled Friday because of a CSX train derailment near the Quantico Marine Corps base. The Metro option is open for Fredericksburg line riders at the Franconia/Springfield Metro station. Show your VRE ticket to the station...

By Kafia Hosh  |  05:40 AM ET, 08/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 08/05/2010

Southbound Amtrak service stopped

Amtrak service south of Washington, DC has been disrupted by the derailment of a CSX coal train at Quantico, Va. The railroad is shut down at Quantico with all tracks blocked, according to the railroad.

By Luke Rosiak  |  06:14 PM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/05/2010

Freight train derails beneath Baltimore

Baltimore officials say a freight train has derailed in a tunnel beneath the city, but none of the cars have overturned and no injuries have been reported. CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan says the train with three locomotives was headed from North Carolina to New York. He says it is affecting freight service, but not passenger rail service.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 08/05/2010

VRE delays

For Manassas Line riders: Metro Option has been opened at the Franconia/Springfield Metro station. Show your VRE ticket to Metro personnel for entry. On the Manassas Line: Train 328 is still stopped and will couple with Train 330, adding an...

By Kafia Hosh  |  08:14 AM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:09 AM ET, 08/05/2010

MARC delay

Train 841 on the Camden Line is running 20 minutes late....

By Kafia Hosh  |  06:09 AM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:34 AM ET, 08/04/2010

MARC cancellation

Train 870 on the Brunswick Line has been canceled Wednesday. All other Brunswick Line trains are operating....

By Kafia Hosh  |  05:34 AM ET, 08/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 08/03/2010

Man hit by train identified

A man who was found dead nine days ago on railroad tracks in Montgomery County was identified Monday after police released a sketch to the media, The Post's Marty Weil reports.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:01 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:29 AM ET, 08/03/2010

Metro fare hikes today

Metro rail riders will pay a little more for service Tuesday when another round of fare hikes take effect. One increase charges paper Farecard users 25 cents more per trip than SmarTrip users. The other increase charges riders 20 cents...

By Kafia Hosh  |  05:29 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 07/30/2010

New locomotives for VRE

Virginia Railway Express, state and local officials welcomed the first of 19 new locomotives Friday that will improve the efficiency of the commuter rail service and pave the way for future expansions. The 19 locomotives are being built by Motive Power Inc. in Idaho and cost almost $77 million total, with funding coming from the state, local and federal governments, VRE officials said.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:14 PM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 AM ET, 07/30/2010

MARC cancellations

5:45 AM: The following trains on the Brunswick line are canceled this morning: Train 872 (5:38am departure from Brunswick) Train 874 (5:25am departure from Martinsburg) Train 892 (6:05 am departure from Frederick) Train 894 (7:10am departure Frederick) The trains are...

By Kafia Hosh  |  05:47 AM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 07/28/2010

200 NYC station agents laid off

Washington isn't the only city experiencing subway woes. A budget crisis in New York City has led its transit agency to lay off hundreds of station agents at the only U.S. subway system larger than DC's--layoffs that were originally blocked by a judge last month.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:02 PM ET, 07/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 07/26/2010

MARC trains will be short

5:52 P.M. UPDATE: MARC Train 534 on the Penn Line will also be one car short. MARC 437 on the Penn Line is operatiring 15 minutes late due to a disabled freight train outside New Carrollton, the MTA said. 5:14...

By Michael Bolden  |  05:10 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 07/23/2010

Heat restrictions for MARC, VRE

The extreme heat Friday will cause delays for passengers who ride the Fredricksburg Line on Virginia Railway Express and MARC passengers on the Brunswick Camden lines.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:49 PM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Delays, problems on MARC

5:15 p.m. Update: Camden 848 is on the move but operating 25 to 30 minutes late. Bad news for Brunswick Line commuters. Marc Train 881, which is scheduled to leave Union Station at 6 p.m. will be operating one car...

By Michael Bolden  |  05:06 PM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/19/2010

VRE expands express train

The Virginia Railway Express will add another car Tuesday to its new morning express train to accommodate the influx in riders, VRE officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 07/14/2010

MARC train to operate one car short

Maryland Transit Administration officials said MARC Train 879, which departs Union Station at 5:35 p.m. for Martinsburg, W.V., will operate one car short today....

By Michael Bolden  |  02:45 PM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 07/06/2010

It's tricky traveling in the heat

We thought we had seen hot this summer, but apparently today and Wednesday will make us wish for the piles of snow we saw in February. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures could reach 102 today. That means if you're traveling on Metro or commuter rail, you may encounter stifling conditions if the air conditioning isn't up to par.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:34 AM ET, 07/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 07/02/2010

VRE to run early eight-car trains

Virginia Railway Express plans to run its eight-car trains earlier in the day to deal with crowds of passengers heading home early.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:56 AM ET, 07/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 06/30/2010

Md. officials to meet MARC passengers

MARC passengers have two opportunities today to meet with Maryland transportation officials.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:02 AM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Amtrak apologizes to MARC riders

Monday MARC delays anger passengers Maryland official on troubled MARC train Amtrak released the following statement this afternoon to MARC riders about train delays on Monday night: . On June 28, the Amtrak-operated MARC Train 538 failed to stop at...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Md. official on troubled MARC train

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley released the following statement about Monday night's MARC troubles.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:06 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/29/2010

More MARC delays anger passengers

Trouble continued to dog the MARC commuter system Monday as trains were delayed for problems ranging from brake failure to malfunctioning traffic signals to downed trees.

By Michael Bolden  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 06/23/2010

MARC riders still angry

Seventy of the 900 passengers who were stranded on a MARC train that broke down Monday evening without air conditioning have signed a petition because they were "concerned and disgruntled" with how the incident was handled, said Calvin Spears, a passenger who collected the signatures.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:12 PM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail | Tags:  MARC, Penn Line

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/22/2010

Trapped on the MARC train?

Probe launched into stalled train Were you on the crippled MARC train whose passengers were confined for two hours last evening in powerless cars, leading equally-powerless riders to bust open windows in the packed, double-decker boxes or even consider disembarking...

By Luke Rosiak  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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