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Starting Monday, some Camden Line MARC trains suspended the rest of September due to CSX freight congestion

Beginning Monday, service on four Camden Line Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains will be suspended for two weeks, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday.

The changes aim to avoid service disruptions stemming from “severe freight train congestion” on the CSX Transportation rails, according to the MTA, with particular delays expected between Dorsey and Camden Yards. CSX owns the railroad and dispatches Camden Line MARC trains.

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The following trains will not run Monday through Sept. 30:

  • Train 841 (5 a.m. departure from Camden Yards to Washington)
  • Train 840 (6:32 a.m. departure from Washington to Camden Yards)
  • Train 857 (5:20 p.m. departure from Camden Yards to Washington)
  • Train 858 (6:55 p.m. departure from Washington to Camden Yards)

Additionally Train 843, which departs at 5:30 a.m. from Camden Yards, will add a Greenbelt stop and Train 852, which leaves from Washington at 4:43 p.m., will resume its operation during this period.

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During the rest of September, Camden Line commuters affected can use their MARC tickets on the MTA Commuter bus on routes 305, 315, 335 and 345. Riders can also park for free at the BWI Rail Station Garage, where they can connect to the Penn Line. Instructions for free parking at the BWI Marshall garage can be found on the MTA website under service alerts.

The schedule shifts were announced after a nationwide strike by rail workers averted last week threatened to disrupt service on the Camden and Brunwsick MARC lines. The MTA has said it will maintain a strike webpage with transit alternatives to the Camden Line. Union rail workers, including CSX employees, will vote on a new labor agreement in the coming weeks.


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