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Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Major MARC Penn Line delays; Metro accepting MARC tickets

8:20 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 419 left Baltimore 21 minutes behind schedule due to mechanical issues and Amtrak train congestion. Train 410 is also running 25 minutes late due to the late crew arrival in Washington, which stems from the earlier delays on train 409.

8 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 502 ended in Baltimore, while train 523 is canceled, this morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Amtrak train 181 will stop at Perryville, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Martins to pick up MARC passengers.

The delays on MARC’s Penn Line stemmed from an unusual incident earlier this morning involving two trains striking deer on two separate tracks.

Penn Line train 505 hit a deer at the Odenton station at 5:50 a.m. At 5:55 a.m., Brunswick Line train 872 hit a deer just west of Barnesville.

“We have the occasional deer strike, but it’s rare that you have two separate train lines involved with deer strikes minutes apart on the same day,” said MTA spokesman Terry Owens.

The Brunswick Line train experienced a delay of about nine minutes, but was able to move fairly quickly, Owens said. The Penn Line train suffered damage that crews weren’t immediately able to repair, so they transferred those passengers to a later train.

As a result, trains had to be shifted, delayed and canceled this morning. Commuters know that when things like this happen, delays tend to ripple through train lines. In this case, the Penn Line delays are expected to last through the end of the morning commute.

7:35 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 505 is on the move and heading back to Baltimore. Train 511 is running 25 minutes late at Odenton, while train 413 is 10 to 15 minutes late approaching Odenton.

7:15 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 409 has departed Odenton 30 minutes behind schedule due to the higher number of passengers boarding. Expect severe overcrowding on this train.

7:10 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 409 is boarding passengers at Odenton and is running 20 minutes behind schedule. It’s expected to leave Odenton between 25 and 30 minutes late due to taking on passengers from disabled train 505, so expect severe overcrowding on train 409.

Original Post:

There are major problems for MARC Penn Line riders this morning: Train 505 is disabled at the Odenton station, so train 407 took on as many passengers as possible and kept going to Washington. Train 409 will be the next available train and will also take on as many passengers as possible.

Penn Line train 404 is canceled due to a lack of equipment and crew now that train 505 is disabled. The next available train is train 406, scheduled to leave Washington at 7:10 a.m.

Metro is honoring MARC tickets.

Earlier this morning, the Maryland Transit Administration reported that MARC Penn Line train 505 and Brunswick Line train 872 both struck deer on their respective tracks. Train 872 was inspected and moved only 10 minutes behind schedule, while train 505 remains disabled.

We’ve placed a call to the Maryland Transit Administration and will let you know what we hear. We will continue to monitor this situation and update this post with any new information.

By  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/19/2012

 
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