First look at MARC weekend schedules

September 25, 2013

With MARC weekend service starting in a little more than two months, the Maryland Transit Administration on Wednesday released the first schedules showing when trains will run between the District and Baltimore.

There will be nine round-trips on Saturdays and six round-trips on Sundays. The new service will run on MARC’s Penn Line and connect Union Station in Washington and Penn Station in Baltimore.

The MTA also confirmed that weekend tickets will cost the same as weekday tickets, which are $7 for travel between Washington and downtown Baltimore, $6 between Washington and BWI Airport and $5 between Washington and Odenton.

In addition, weekly and monthly passes will be honored.

News about the potential weekend service first emerged in May, pleasing riders and businesses who had long wanted the rail service to connect D.C. and Baltimore on the weekends.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced earlier this month that the weekend service would begin on Dec. 7, though at that time the prices and schedules had not been set.

In addition to the weekend trips, the new Penn Line schedules also will include new holiday service.

Currently, MARC trains don’t operate on holidays including Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day.

But after Dec. 7, MARC Penn Line trains will operate the Sunday schedule on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and President’s Day. They will run the Saturday schedule on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. There will still be no MARC service on Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news, developing stories and quick analysis of events around the country.
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