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Effects of Storm Cause Lingering MARC Delays

Passengers reported rides of more than two hours Tuesday night, and trains were delayed by as much as an hour Wednesday morning.

Effects of Storm Cause Lingering MARC Delays

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 an email to passengers Tuesday night. "Thank you for your patience this evening given the intense severe weather that affected our service."

MARC rider John Nolan of Severn called his Tuesday evening commute "the worst I have experienced in 13 years."

In a letter to MARC officials that was also forwarded to media outlets, Nolan said it took him 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach Odenton from Union Station. His train—the 4:35 p.m. departure from Washington—was forced to hook onto another train at New Carrollton about 90 minutes after it initially departed. He claimed that MARC officials should have known about the signal problems and not allowed the train to leave Union Station in the first place. 

"The level and accuracy of the communication could not have been worse and I can tell all your conductors need remedial training on the frequency, timeliness and accuracy of communications to passengers," Nolan wrote. 

MARC said service should be back to normal on Wednesday afternoon.

MARC is continuing to offer updates on trains through its email service and at  mta.maryland.gov/marc-train/advisories

Read MARC's email to passengers regarding the delays here. 

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