Delays of up to 55 minutes on MARC trains

Light rail service resumes between Timonium Station and Hunt Valley

August 24, 2011|By The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Transit Administration warned MARC train patrons to expect delays to train service on the Penn, Brunswick and Camden lines on Wednesday following Tuesday's earthquake, as crews work to restore full service.

According to the MTA website, the Brunswick Line was expected to have delays of up to 55 minutes due to several crews exceeding hours of service allowed by the Federal Railroad Administration. The Camden Line was expected to have trains running 20 minutes late.

The MTA also said that light rail service has resumed between Timonium Station and Hunt Valley after it was temporary suspended and replaced by a shuttle bus service.

The MTA said in a statement that the MARC delays were caused by Tuesday's earthquake, which forced the service to be temporarily halted and later operated at reduced speeds. Federal regulations require all train engineers and conductors to get a minimum rest period between work shifts, and the agency said the MARC line did not have enough replacement crews on standby to cover all trains.

The agency urged patrons to check its website, or call 410-539-5000 for updates on service throughout the day

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