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January 4, 2010

A rare commute from Perryville

For reasons involving my wife's employment, I found myself this morning on the 6:30 a.m. MARC Penn Line train out of Perryville, bound for Baltimore. It might be routine for some commuters, but it was a new experience for this Howard County auto commuter.

All in all, it was not at all a bad way to go, and with a connection on the No. 64 bus, I was at work in an hour and a quarter. There's no crowding on the stretch northeast of Baltimore, so it was quite comfortable.

I do have one question for the MTA, however. Why just one ticket machine in the Perryville station? The lines do stack a bit up there, and it seems foolish not to have some redundancy to deal with the inevitable glitches.

See you there again Tuesday.


Posted by Michael Dresser at 8:45 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: MARC train


It probably would be nice to have more than one ticket machine at Perryville, but it probably is only really busy on the first Monday of the month when people are buying their monthly passes. The rest of the time, I'm sure the wait is very short.

And tomorrow, do be sure to chat up some riders - you'll find a few who trek all the way to/from DC, or at least await the Amtrak which follows only a few minutes behind MARC 513.

I don't recall seeing more than one machine at any of the non-Amtrak MARC stations. There was only one at Martin Airport the last time I started out there back in the early fall.

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Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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