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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2010
Maryland has canceled the bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick lines from CSX, saying its bid solicitation had failed to generate sufficient competition for the work. "We were not happy with the competition or lack of competition," said state Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. Swaim-Staley said the Maryland Transit Administration would revise its request for proposals in an effort to make it more attractive for bidders.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
The Friday morning commute was marked with several incidents as the region grappled with the second bout of overnight wintry weather in as many days. A single-vehicle crash in Lochearn on the inner loop of Interstate 695 at the Northwest Expressway exit has closed the inner loop right traffic lane and inner loop right shoulder at 8:45 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. A single-vehicle crash in Elkridge on I-95 South at I-895 has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 8:34 a.m., DOT said.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
As of 8:50 a.m., the rush hour was winding down with just a couple lingering incidents. The Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that the accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Loch Raven Boulevard is now cleared. There's still a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Liberty Road, however, and now there's another in Anne Arundel County on southbound I-97 at Route50. The Maryland Transit Administration is reporting that light rail operating on time, but on the Brunswick line, Train 894 left Frederick 50-60 minutes late due to a mechanical issue while coupling with disabled MARC 890. Additional delays were expected due to a signal issue in the Frederick yard.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Hundreds of fewer commuters have been taking MARC trains and transit buses from Maryland into Washington since the federal government shutdown Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. On Wednesday morning, ridership numbers reflected a 10 to 25 percent decline on MARC trains and a 50 to 60 percent dip on buses, compared to earlier in the week, the MTA found. Ridership on the Brunswick line went from 3,489 riders on Tuesday morning to 3,172 riders on Wednesday morning, officials said - a 10 percent decline.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
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.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Wind gusts as high as 49 mph have shut down the Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County to vulnerable large trucks, as weather conditions make for a problematic Thursday morning commute. Debris in the roadway has shut down the southbound ramp and one of two southbound shoulders of Route 295 and Route 198 on Anne Arundel County. Debris is also causing delays on Route 10 southbound at Furnace Branch Road. In Baltimore County, a collision is blocking traffic on the outer loop of Interstate 695 at exit 39 for Merritt Boulevard.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Though the Maryland Transit Administration said buses and trains were running on schedule, officials said that the MARC train will make minor adjustments due to the federal government shutdown. MTA said that a special midday Brunswick Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2 p.m., making all stops to Martinsburg. As a result P875 (4:25 p.m. departure) will be canceled, MTA said. A special Camden Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2:15 p.m., making all stops to Camden.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, traffic was slow on I-95 southbound at U.S. 1, due to an accident. Accidents were slowing traffic on Route 295 northbound at I-95 in Baltimore City, the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway at Chesaco Avenue in Baltimore County, and Route 97 northbound at Route 100 in Anne Arundel County. A vehicle fire was snarling traffic on I-95 southbound near Churchville Road in Harford County. A disabled vehicle was blocking traffic on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway near Providence Road.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Hundreds of fewer commuters have been taking MARC trains and transit buses from Maryland into Washington since the federal government shutdown Tuesday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. On Wednesday morning, ridership numbers reflected a 10 to 25 percent decline on MARC trains and a 50 to 60 percent dip on buses, compared to earlier in the week, the MTA found. Ridership on the Brunswick line went from 3,489 riders on Tuesday morning to 3,172 riders on Wednesday morning, officials said - a 10 percent decline.
NEWS
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2011
In recent years, summer has been a season of discontent for riders on Maryland's MARC commuter trains, as hot weather contributed to frequent engine breakdowns, track problems and power malfunctions that led to cascading delays. The misery on the rails reached its deepest point during the infamous "hell train" incident in which a Penn Line train was stranded on the tracks in sweltering heat for two hours in June 2010. But this year, MARC made significant gains in summer's on-time performance — especially on the Amtrak-operated Penn Line, Maryland Transit Administration records show.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Though the Maryland Transit Administration said buses and trains were running on schedule, officials said that the MARC train will make minor adjustments due to the federal government shutdown. MTA said that a special midday Brunswick Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2 p.m., making all stops to Martinsburg. As a result P875 (4:25 p.m. departure) will be canceled, MTA said. A special Camden Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2:15 p.m., making all stops to Camden.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
As of 8:50 a.m., the rush hour was winding down with just a couple lingering incidents. The Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that the accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Loch Raven Boulevard is now cleared. There's still a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Liberty Road, however, and now there's another in Anne Arundel County on southbound I-97 at Route50. The Maryland Transit Administration is reporting that light rail operating on time, but on the Brunswick line, Train 894 left Frederick 50-60 minutes late due to a mechanical issue while coupling with disabled MARC 890. Additional delays were expected due to a signal issue in the Frederick yard.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Wind gusts as high as 49 mph have shut down the Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County to vulnerable large trucks, as weather conditions make for a problematic Thursday morning commute. Debris in the roadway has shut down the southbound ramp and one of two southbound shoulders of Route 295 and Route 198 on Anne Arundel County. Debris is also causing delays on Route 10 southbound at Furnace Branch Road. In Baltimore County, a collision is blocking traffic on the outer loop of Interstate 695 at exit 39 for Merritt Boulevard.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
The O'Malley administration has chosen a Canadian company to operate two MARC commuter train lines, passing over a competitor whose critics have tied it to Nazi Germany and avoiding a potential fight with Holocaust survivors. The Maryland Department of Transportation is expected to seek Board of Public Works approval Oct. 3 for a nearly six-year, $204 million contract with Bombardier Transportation Services to run the Camden and Brunswick lines. The lines are now owned and operated by CSX Transportation, which has long wanted to get out of the business of running a commuter railroad.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
As of 9 a.m., traffic was slow on I-95 southbound near Montgomery Road in Howard County, due to an accident involving three vehicles. An accident was slowing traffic at Burke Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard in Towson. The Maryland Transit Administration is warning patrons that MARC Brunswick Line trains are experiencing 10 to 20 minute delays due to speed restrictions in place for scheduled track work.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, traffic was slow on I-95 southbound at U.S. 1, due to an accident. Accidents were slowing traffic on Route 295 northbound at I-95 in Baltimore City, the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway at Chesaco Avenue in Baltimore County, and Route 97 northbound at Route 100 in Anne Arundel County. A vehicle fire was snarling traffic on I-95 southbound near Churchville Road in Harford County. A disabled vehicle was blocking traffic on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway near Providence Road.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
Maryland commuter train riders will have more seats when the state adds 16 rail cars to its busy MARC lines. But the cars won't arrive until 2013. The purchase was approved Wednesday in a 3-0 vote by Maryland's Board of Public Works. The board agreed to buy 54 new rail cars for $153 million from Bombardier Transit Corporation, a Quebec based firm. Thirty-eight of the cars will replace old ones in the fleet. The new rail cars will allow 3,000 additional commuters to sit per trip, Maryland Transit Administration head Ralign Wells pointed out. The new cars will hold 127 to 142 passengers, up to 30 more than those in the fleet being replaced.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
The Friday morning commute was marked with several incidents as the region grappled with the second bout of overnight wintry weather in as many days. A single-vehicle crash in Lochearn on the inner loop of Interstate 695 at the Northwest Expressway exit has closed the inner loop right traffic lane and inner loop right shoulder at 8:45 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. A single-vehicle crash in Elkridge on I-95 South at I-895 has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 8:34 a.m., DOT said.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
Maryland commuter train riders will have more seats when the state adds 16 rail cars to its busy MARC lines. But the cars won't arrive until 2013. The purchase was approved Wednesday in a 3-0 vote by Maryland's Board of Public Works. The board agreed to buy 54 new rail cars for $153 million from Bombardier Transit Corporation, a Quebec based firm. Thirty-eight of the cars will replace old ones in the fleet. The new rail cars will allow 3,000 additional commuters to sit per trip, Maryland Transit Administration head Ralign Wells pointed out. The new cars will hold 127 to 142 passengers, up to 30 more than those in the fleet being replaced.
NEWS
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2011
In recent years, summer has been a season of discontent for riders on Maryland's MARC commuter trains, as hot weather contributed to frequent engine breakdowns, track problems and power malfunctions that led to cascading delays. The misery on the rails reached its deepest point during the infamous "hell train" incident in which a Penn Line train was stranded on the tracks in sweltering heat for two hours in June 2010. But this year, MARC made significant gains in summer's on-time performance — especially on the Amtrak-operated Penn Line, Maryland Transit Administration records show.
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