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Camden Station in Baltimore reopens following $7 million renovation

The new Camden Station in downtown Baltimore will provide improved transit experience for MARC train and Light Rail riders.

Camden Station outside Oriole Park in Baltimore has reopened after a $7 million renovation with a larger waiting area, restrooms, ticket vending machines and bicycle racks.

The station, just east of the Camden Yards warehouse along the railroad tracks at Howard and Conway streets, provides MARC Train and light rail service to tens of thousands of baseball fans, commuters and other transit riders.

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Camden Station closed for construction in October 2018 and was expected to be completed in March, the Maryland Transit Administration said in an announcement at the time. MTA spokeswoman Veronica Battisti insisted Thursday that there had not been a delay, saying the earlier timeline was for the light rail stop construction, not the full station renovation.

“Service to the Camden Light RailLink stop did resume in time for Opening Day,” she said.

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The station was designed with energy-efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, coated glass and other environmentally friendly features. The MTA is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “green” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The station renovated this year was built for the opening of the ballpark in the 1990s. The pre-Civil War-era station just north of it on Camden Street, which is no longer in use, was visited several times by none other than President Abraham Lincoln, on the way to his inauguration and while en route to delivering the Gettysburg Address.

MARC and light rail riders will enjoy an enhanced transit experience, and the station will provide transit, pedestrian and bicycle connections at the ballpark, said MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn.

“We’re excited to bring a much-improved transit experience to our riders,” Quinn said in a statement.

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The Maryland Stadium Authority, which operates Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the state, worked with the MTA on the station renovations.

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