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MARC To Increase Service Between Washington, Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- In an effort to improve transportation between the DC and Baltimore areas, the MARC train is expanding routes.

Tracey Leong explains.

Launching Monday, commuters will now have access to more locations and times, hopefully cutting down the roadway congestion.

Getting on track to move more passengers. The MARC Camden line is adding three new trains and an extra stop for their riders.

"Really excited the service has been expanded," said one College Park student.

Pushing commuters to avoid the traffic nightmare.

"Fruition of an effort that had been going on for over 10 years to improve transportation in the Baltimore Washington corridor," said Senator Jim Rosapepe.

And helping students and staff at the University of Maryland in College Park and Baltimore. By connecting the two campuses, it helps them fulfill a vision to become one of the top 20 college towns---and easily accessible transportation is a key factor.

"To give students the very best education possible without being constrained by where that education happens," said University of Maryland President Jay Perman.

"I don't have a car here in Baltimore so when I need to get around, I do," said Lisa Honig.

Honig, a graduate student, is on board with the adjustment.

"Get to College Park and get to Baltimore. I think both ways is great. I'm on the Baltimore campus; good to have a connection," she said.

A change benefiting all riders.

"If I work in DC, definitely I am going to ride the train and that will be a good thing," said Akwasi Owusu.

Moving commuters towards the future of transportation.

"Each step we make toward making it easier for people to move without getting in their cars and getting on the highway is the way to go," said Delegate Eric Ebersole.

Over the next couple of weeks, the MARC line will be adding 54 new cars, including at least five double deckers.

The new stop from Union Station to Penn Station closes what was once a 90 minute gap for commuters.

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