Maryland Advances Inter-State Collaborations for Seamless Rail Service
Maryland Moving Forward with Inter-State Partnerships for ‘Run-Through’ Rail Service
Transit planners in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia have made agreements to unify rail transit in the DC region. Maryland has ambitious plans to improve intercity rail service from Delaware to Virginia by potentially expanding the Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC) to Alexandria, VA and closing a gap in service between Perryville, MD and Newark, DE. The state of Virginia is expanding the Long Bridge, which connects the District and Arlington, to enable desired “run through” service. In 2022, Maryland Legislators overruled a veto by former Governor Larry Hogan to support the expansion of MARC service.
The unification of rail transit in the D.C. area is well underway thanks to recent agreements between transit planners in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.
Maryland is making significant progress in its ambitious plans to enhance intercity rail services between Virginia and Delaware.
According to a Washington Post article by Luz Lazo, “The Maryland Department of Transportation has reached an agreement with the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority for the potential future expansion of [Maryland Area Rail Commuter] to Alexandria.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation has also entered into a similar agreement with the Delaware Transit Corp. to fill a gap in service between Perryville and Newark, Del. Under the plan, MARC’s Penn Line, which terminates in Perryville, could extend 20 miles to Newark, providing a service long desired by residents of Cecil County in Maryland.
As per the article, the Virginia state is expanding the Long Bridge, a 117-year-old double-track span that connects the District and Arlington, to enable the desired “run-through” service. Lazo writes, “Virginia is in the process of procuring a contractor that will build a second rail bridge to double capacity for train traffic over the Potomac River by 2030.”
In 2022, Maryland legislators overrode former Governor Larry Hogan’s veto to support the expansion of MARC service.
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