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MTA expands Camden Line MARC service to bolster university connections

March 3, 2015  •  source

Additional weekday MARC train service will be added to the Camden Line next week as part of an initiative to boost connections between University of Maryland's campuses in Baltimore and College Park, the Maryland Transit Administration said Tuesday.

The service expansion, which starts Monday, will add additional eastbound service in the mornings and afternoons between Washington's Union Station, College Park, and Baltimore's Camden Station.

It will also add some eastbound and westbound service in the afternoons between Dorsey Station off Route 100 in Howard County and College Park and Union Station.

An additional morning train will depart Washington's Union Station at 7:40 a.m. and arrive at College Park at 7:50 a.m., before continuing east to the Camden Station in Baltimore.

The train that regularly departs Union Station at 5:53 p.m. will add a stop in College Park at 6:04 p.m., closing what is currently a one-hour-30-minute gap in service to College Park.

An additional eastbound train will depart Union Station at 3:30 p.m. and will operate to Dorsey Station. An additional westbound train will depart Dorsey Station for Union Station at 4:45 p.m.

The university launched an initiative between the two campuses called "MPowering the State" after the state legislature charged it in 2011 with boosting its economic impact on the state.

As part of that effort, the university said it envisioned "a new working relationship" between the two campuses that "demands teamwork and collaboration, with joint efforts championed and supported at the highest levels in our academic structure."

The MTA said it is introducing the expanded service "in response to customer requests to handle increased ridership."

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