MARC 'newbie' needs veteran help
A reader, who will remain unnamed due to the sensitivities of his federal employer, posed the following questions to me. I thought there would be far more qualified people to answer his questions: my MARC-riding readers. Could any of you spare some sage advice for this self-described MARC newbie? His destination is near the Medical Center Metro station on the Red Line.
So please, battle-scarred MARC mavens, post away.
I wonder what your best advice (i.e. reality-based) on how best to work a 7:30 to 4 schedule & catch the MARC train Penn line at Halethorpe to Union Station Metro & back?
I started my job last week & have been driving about an hour each way so far, but am eager to try the trains & see what is best. I’m curious about how often MARC trains are delayed in the AM & evening, best advice on parking at Halethorpe station, and best ticket purchase advice for absolute commuting newbie, best advice on navigating Union Station transfer to Metro Red Line, etc..
I am also a bit squeamish about Metro safety after the Red Line accident & recent reports in the Post on how there have been other, earlier unreported issues w/ track warning systems/circuits. As for trying the train tomorrow, if I show up at the station tomorrow AM with credit card in hand, can I just snag a ticket or would it be wiser to purchase Metro here this afternoon & MARC ticket on way home today to minimize chance of missing my 6:08 train tomorrow AM?
They have a reimbursement program at (my workplace) which sounds nice, but you have to give up your parking pass to join & I want to try rail before I commit. I appreciate any advice you have & your patience for all these direct questions.