New rail cars on MARC, but not on Penn Line
Some riders of the MARC Penn Line have been wondering whatever became of the 13 double-decker railcars the Maryland Transit Administration recently bought from the Virginia Railway Express.
The answer, accordiing to Maryland Department of Transportation spokesman Jack Cahalan, is that they are in service but only on the Camden and Brunswick lines. He said the MTA is currently seeking Federal Railroad Administration certification for the cars to operate at sppeds up to 125 mph. Once it receives that certification, Cahalan said, the MTA will be able to use the cars on the frequently crowded Penn Line as well.
Cahalan said the MTA conducted tests of the cars over the weekend and that the MTA bbelieves they passed with flying colors. He said the MTA submitted its documentation to the federal agency and hopes to have permission to use them on the Penn Line by the end of the year.