Friday, March 22, 2013
YouTube suggests that Odenton is a popular place for train enthusiasts
I am always consistently amazed by the enthusiasm that many people have for trails and railways. My old college roommate was a train buff, and would often go on weekend trips to check out old trains or even just hang out near railroad tracks. We are lucky in this area to have the B&O Railroad Museum nearby, and the Odenton Heritage Society has done a good job chronicling Odenton's rail history. I came across this recent video, posted to YouTube, featuring 12 minutes of trains pulling in and out of the Odenton rail station. (Occasionally, there's also an Amtrak train that whizzes by.) YouTube user MJofLakeland1 has a whole roster of videos relating to transportation in the area. Trains, buses, dump trucks, police cars, you name it.
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 …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
If you want to take MARC train into the nation's capital on Monday, here's what you need to know.
Those interested in using MARC train to travel to President Obama's inauguration on Monday should be aware of the unique schedule and ticket fees. Trains will run on Monday morning between Baltimore and Washington, with the first train departing Odenton at 7:56 a.m. The schedule from Odenton is as follows: 7:56 a.m. 8:26 a.m. 8:56 a.m. 9:26 a.m. 10:06 a.m. 10:31 a.m. Trains into Washington will not stop past Odenton. Return trips to Odenton and points north will depart Union Station at the following times: 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:02 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:02 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. The cost of a round trip ticket is $25, and no other MARC tickets or passes will be accepted. Riders must have a ticket for a specific train. Tickets may be …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Maryland Transit Administration will not run trains Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. It has not made a decision regarding Tuesday service.
The Maryland Transit Administration has cancelled all MARC Train service for Monday, citing the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy. Rail service officials said that weather conditions may have allowed for morning service, but that forecasts indicate deteriorating conditions later in the day. "While it may be possible to operate service Monday morning at normal levels, MARC, Amtrak and CSX all share the same concern that the deteriorating weather conditions will have a significant impact on afternoon operations," MARC wrote on its website. A decision regarding Tuesday's service will be made no later than 8 p.m. on Monday. For breaking news alerts, subscribe to newsletters from Odenton-Severn Patch.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Restrooms will be upgraded beginning next week.
Commuters from Odenton will want to make sure they use the bathroom before they leave their house over the next two weeks. Restrooms at the Odenton MARC station will be closed starting Monday, as the rail service performs repairs and renovations. Portable toilets will be made available to passengers. The work is expected to take about two weeks.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The session originally set for Oct. 9 has now be scheduled for Oct. 16.
The "Meet the MARC Managers" session scheduled for Oct. 9 has been postponed a week due to problems on Penn Line. MARC officials spent most of Tuesday morning working to fix power outage problems on the Penn Line, which caused a disruption of service north of Baltimore. Amtrak and MARC trains were impacted. Managers for MARC and Amtrak are now scheduled to meet with passengers at Union Station on Oct. 16 between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Passengers reported rides of more than two hours Tuesday night, and trains were delayed by as much as an hour Wednesday morning.
Bad weather led to signal problems on the MARC Penn Line Tuesday, resulting in long delays that have continued through Wednesday morning. MARC began experiencing minor delays at about 4 p.m. Tuesday and things got worse from there, with some passengers reporting commutes of nearly three hours. MARC reported signal issues on the Penn Line between Union Station and the BWI Airport rail station. Delays of between 30 and 60 minutes continued on Wednesday morning, and MARC announced that Metro would accept MARC tickets. MARC was operating a full schedule on Wednesday morning, but did cancel the 5 a.m. departure out of Penn Station. "We regret any inconvenience passengers experienced from the weather-related delays this evening," MARC said in…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Patch blogger Tommy Warshaw may have captured a perfect image of Odenton.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Tim Lemke
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Just the other day I was scanning through our "Pics and Clips" gallery on Patch to see what people have uploaded. Truth be told, this is not something I glance at very often, because we don't do a great job of letting people know it's there. I discovered a picture Wednesday that nearly took my breath away. It's a photo taken at the Odenton MARC station, and features a train whizzing by the station at high speed. Because of the way it's exposed, you can see the lights of the parking lot across the tracks. One of our Patch bloggers, Tommy Warshaw, took the photo. I love this picture because it looks really cool and definitely requires some skill to pull off. Most of all, I love how it captures Odenton on multiple levels. First, it's a scene …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Paramedics rushed a man to Shock Trauma after he fell and went into seizures at the Odenton MARC station during the Tuesday morning rush hour.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Tim Lemke
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Paramedics rushed a 45-year-old man to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore on Tuesday morning after he fell and suffered seizures on the the Odenton MARC station platform. Battalion Chief Steve Thompson, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said emergency responders came to the station at 7:28 a.m. when they encountered a man who had fallen on the platform and was suffering from seizures and wounds to his head and face. It was unclear whether he suffered the seizures prior to falling, Thompson said. He said paramedics rushed the man to Shock Trauma with "serious and life-threatening" injuries. A woman writing on the Odenton Patch Facebook page claimed to have seen the incident. "It was the train …