MARC trains prepare for weekend service

Starting Saturday, MARC weekend service will be available on the Penn Line. (Courtesy MTA Maryland)

WASHINGTON — MARC trains are working for the weekend.

Starting Saturday, service will be available on the Penn Line. The fares are the same as weekday service — $7 from Baltimore to Washington, $6 from Baltimore/Washington International airport to Washington and $5 from Odenton to Washington. Weekly and monthly passes are accepted.

Nine round trips will be offered on Saturdays. Six round trips will be available on Sundays.

See the full schedule here.

“It’s important to have a link between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says. “Weekend service is not only about people who want to go on a day trip to see the sites — it’s also about the people who have jobs.”

Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Smith says the addition of weekend MARC service will make a significant difference for passengers traveling to BWI.

“About 45 percent of our BWI-Marshall travelers come from the DC area,” he says. “Having weekend service is going to be very helpful for their scheduling of flights when they go away for a weekend and come back on a Sunday.”

About 25,000 passengers use the Penn Line on average per month, which comprises about 70 percent of the overall MARC ridership.

WTOP’s Andrew Mollenbeck and Ari Ashe contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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