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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Rail service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which had been suspended for about five hours because of the electrical problem on the Penn Line MARC Train 415, has been restored, said the Maryland Transit Administration. MTA released a statement around 12:30 p.m. Friday, saying that Amtrak crews repaired most of the damaged catenary lines allowing MARC to resume service. Amtrak and MARC halted service on the rail at approximately 7:30 a.m., when the Penn Line MARC Train 415 experienced a problem between BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and Odenton.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
An advisory group that advocates for MARC riders in Maryland has called on state officials and local transit operators to plan for special rail service between Baltimore and Washington in the event the Orioles make it to the World Series. The MARC Riders Advisory Council wrote a letter Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley — and sent copies to the Maryland Transit Administration, railroad CSX Transportation and several Maryland legislators — calling the lack of such planning unacceptable.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Seminary Avenue at the light rail crossing in Lutherville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning 10 a.m. Friday for track and road improvement work, the Maryland Transit Administration announced. Local businesses will remain open and all side streets and residential driveways will remain open. Through traffic along Seminary Avenue in Historic Lutherville will be detoured using Falls Road, the Baltimore Beltway, Charles Street and Bellona Avenue. During track work, MTA will provide shuttle bus service between the Timonium and Falls Road stations beginning Friday at 8 p.m. The rubberized rail crossing is being replaced to improve safety for light rail passengers and motorists on Seminary Avenue.
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May 12, 2014
No doubt there were some lumps in throats at Amtrak headquarters last month when they heard the words "collapse" and "rail line" in Baltimore. As it happens, it was a CSX freight line that was affected by the loss of a 120-year-old retaining wall in Charles Village that sent tons of dirt, pavement and cars spilling onto the tracks below. But it might have been the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, Amtrak's only passage through West Baltimore. It's 140 years old and can't accommodate more than two tracks, double-stacked trains or speeds above 30 miles per hour.
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By From Staff Reports | November 20, 1994
Light-rail service in South Baltimore, interrupted since Monday by damaged power lines, is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. today, the Mass Transit Administration reported last night.With help from Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., MTA maintenance crews completed repairs yesterday to 1,500 feet of overhead wires that had been damaged north of the Westport stop on the Central Light Rail Line.The cause of the damage remains unknown, and MTA said it was continuing to review the entire 22.5-mile line in an attempt to pinpoint what triggered Monday's mishap.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | November 11, 2008
The Maryland Transit Administration reported "major disruptions" in light rail service yesterday because of falling leaves and an increase in the number of rail cars needing wheel repairs. The MTA said the resulting shortage of trains would force it to discontinue some rail service and replace it with shuttle buses. Similar problems arose last spring after the discovery of a cracked wheel forced the MTA to pull cars off the tracks for inspections. The transit agency said it expects this round of disruptions, including crowding and late trains, to last for about a week.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Suzanne Wooton contributed to this article | September 25, 1997
The Board of Public Works approved a long-awaited operating agreement between the state and CSX Transportation yesterday, clearing the way for extending Maryland's commuter rail service between Washington and Frederick.While commuter rail service to Frederick is still more than two years away, the approval allows the state to move ahead with the first phase of a $50 million project to build the connection -- a move designed in part to ease traffic congestion along the Interstate 270 corridor.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Richard Irwin and Jamie Stiehm and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2004
A two-alarm fire damaged a brick warehouse in an industrial park along the Jones Falls yesterday afternoon, disrupting light rail service as city firefighters briefly closed the nearby Woodberry station, authorities said. No one was inside the three-story building in the 1700 block of Union Ave. when the fire occurred, police said. The cause, police said, appeared to be fumes from cans of paint coming into contact with a heat source in the building, which according to state records is owned by the Time Group realty firm.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, traffic was slow at Linwood Road and Madison Street, due to an accident. Cleanup from an accident was slowing traffic on Washington Boulevard near I-195 in Baltimore County. A disabled vehicle was blocking traffic on U.S. 29 south at Old Columbia Road in Howard County. Debris in the road was blocking traffic on the inner loop of I-695 near Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore County. Light rail service is suspended between the Timonium and Hunt Valley stations due to construction work.
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By Kevin Rector and Kevin Rector,Sun reporter | June 4, 2008
Bus shuttles will serve the five northernmost light rail stops in Baltimore County starting later this month while a crossing at Warren Road is replaced, and some riders said yesterday they are not looking forward to the change. "I think it's going to be a lot more of a headache because there's always two trains and enough space for passengers to sit down. The buses will be more crowded," said Kamille Morton, 17, a Paul Laurence Dunbar High School junior who commutes from Cold Spring to Shawan Road in Hunt Valley, the last stop on the line, to get to her job at a nearby Wendy's.
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January 1, 2014
The launch of regular Saturday and Sunday commuter train service between Baltimore and Washington on the MARC rail line in December may be one of the best things that's happened to Charm City in decades. It will make it easier for Baltimore's harbor attractions, sports stadiums, museums and theaters to attract visitors from the Washington area and give Baltimore residents comparably easy access to weekend amenities there. Perhaps more importantly, it helps make Baltimore more appealing to Washington-area workers as a lower-cost alternative for city living and could spur a new influx of residents into the city again.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Weekend passenger train service will be a boon for travelers flying in and out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Airport officials welcomed last week's announcement by Gov. Martin O'Malley that weekend MARC train services between Baltimore and Washington will be offered for the first time starting in December. "It's been a priority of ours for a while," said Paul Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director, noting that the airport was an early supporter of expanding rail service.
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May 20, 2013
Last week presented the sort of opportunity that elected officials crave. As Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the gas tax increase into law, he announced a slew of new Maryland transportation projects - $1.2 billion in all - that can now move forward to relieve congestion, make roads safer and stimulate economic development. And while all of them, from widening U.S. 29 in Howard County to designing several new light rail lines in the Washington and Baltimore areas, have their constituencies and benefits, none is likely to reap more immediate rewards than expanding MARC commuter rail operations, including allowing Penn Line trains to run on weekends.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Seminary Avenue at the light rail crossing in Lutherville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning 10 a.m. Friday for track and road improvement work, the Maryland Transit Administration announced. Local businesses will remain open and all side streets and residential driveways will remain open. Through traffic along Seminary Avenue in Historic Lutherville will be detoured using Falls Road, the Baltimore Beltway, Charles Street and Bellona Avenue. During track work, MTA will provide shuttle bus service between the Timonium and Falls Road stations beginning Friday at 8 p.m. The rubberized rail crossing is being replaced to improve safety for light rail passengers and motorists on Seminary Avenue.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
A medical emergency disrupted service on the light rail between North Avenue and Falls Road late Saturday, according to tranportation officials. The nature of the medical emergency wasn't immediately clear. The Maryland Transit Administration reported the disruption around 9:30 p.m. Customers were advised to board shuttle buses on Falls Road at Union Avenue, Cold Spring Lane and Kelly Avenue. ywenger@baltsun.com twitter.com/yvonnewenger
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The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials say a shuttle bus at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport overturned Sunday morning, injuring three people and temporarily interrupting light rail service in that area. The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m., and the shuttle overturned near the intersection of Route 170 and Terminal Road, fire officials said. Three people were hurt, fire officials said. One refused medical treatment and the other two were taken via ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
An unidentified man was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a southbound MARC train in the Rosedale area. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. just south of where the rail lines cross under I-695, Maryland Transit Administration officials said. The train stopped and the crew announced that a fatality had occurred, according to several passengers. Baltimore County police arrived at 7:18 a.m. and searched the area. They located the body near Schafers Lane and Northeast Creek Road, east of Pulaski Highway.
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By LORRAINE MIRABELLA and LORRAINE MIRABELLA,SUN REPORTER | March 14, 2006
Amtrak has revived a plan to open a boutique hotel inside Baltimore's historic Penn Station, which would be a first in an Amtrak-owned station. The passenger rail operator is negotiating with a developer to create a 72-room hotel on three levels at the station, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black said yesterday. The national rail service is struggling with declining revenues and operating losses that are exceeding $1 billion annually and are projected to grow by 40 percent within four years, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Rail service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which had been suspended for about five hours because of the electrical problem on the Penn Line MARC Train 415, has been restored, said the Maryland Transit Administration. MTA released a statement around 12:30 p.m. Friday, saying that Amtrak crews repaired most of the damaged catenary lines allowing MARC to resume service. Amtrak and MARC halted service on the rail at approximately 7:30 a.m., when the Penn Line MARC Train 415 experienced a problem between BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and Odenton.
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The Baltmore Sun | October 30, 2012
Travel restrictions on Baltimore City roads were lifted at noon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. Maryland State Police are urging people to stay off roads until highway crews are able to clear away fallen trees and other traffic hazards. They warn that downed power lines and wind-blown debris are blocking roads around the state. In addition, they say, power failures have caused traffic lights to go out around the region. In Garrett County, portions of I-68 were closed due to blizzard conditions.
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