Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Is the Penn Line getting crowded? Is the parking situation getting tougher? Let us know.
It's no secret that thousands of people descend onto the Odenton MARC station each morning to head into Washington, DC, and Baltimore. The MARC Penn Line has long been a popular option for local commuters, who find it a more comfortable—and in some cases, cheaper—alternative to driving. It's also no secret that the Odenton area is growing in population. This is placing pressure on everything from road systems to school classroom size. But how has this affected the experience riding MARC train? For the most part, it seems riders have not seen any major delays on the line in recent months, save for some weather-related delays and a widespread electrical problem that delayed trains in January. Anecdotally, Patch has heard from riders who …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A provision of the deal to avert the fiscal cliff restores a public transit subsidy to as much as $240 monthly.
Amidst the fine print of the deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” is a provision that could save MARC commuters a chunk of change. The Washington Post reports that Congress has tweaked a portion of the tax code in order to give people an incentive to take mass transit. Employers can now cover up to $240 per month in commuting benefits tax-free, or offer a pre-tax payroll benefit. This benefit was in place as part of the stimulus bill until the end of 2011, when it was allowed to lapse and dropped back down to $125 monthly. The “fiscal cliff” deal restores the benefit to that higher level. The Post suggests that this change could encourage higher usage of public transit, because a tax-free benefit to those who drove and parked had remained at…
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The cost of the cards, which allow for unlimited use of MARC and Metro, will go up by $6.
Some MARC and Metro users will see the costs of their commutes rise beginning on Monday, as the cost of a Transit Link card increases by $6 per month. The increase boosts the price of the cards to $108, plus the cost of a monthly MARC pas For Odenton commuters traveling to Washington, DC, the increase means the total cost of using the Transit Link Card each month will be $233 ($108 for the Transit Link card and $125 for a MARC monthly pass.) The increasese are the result of price hikes on the Metro system. Here's a list of the new Metro fares. When combined with a monthly MARC pass, the Transit Link Card allows for unlimited use of all MARC Train and the entire Washington Metro system. Transit Link cards can be purchased at select Metro …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A local rail commuter says it's become harder to park at the Odenton MARC station because spaces are being used by workers at a nearby development.
- Tim Lemke
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The following letter was submitted to MARC train officials and to Odenton Patch by reader Rebecca Dick. It has been posted unedited and in full. I am writing in regards to the increasingly troublesome parking situation at the Odenton MARC Station. I hope I am not the only person reporting this concern, because the more people who express their concerns, the more chance there is that the issue can be resolved. The problem, for me, is the number of construction vehicles parked in the MARC parking lot. It is my understanding that parking in the MARC parking lot is restricted to MARC riders only. However, due to the amount of construction in the area, there are CONSTANTLY construction vehicles parked in the MARC Parking Lot. This, of course, …