MTA launched the tender a year ago for services on Marc’s Penn Line linking Washington, BWI Airport, Baltimore and Perryville, and received a number of bids. MTA rated Amtrak’s technical proficiency as the highest among the bidders.
“MTA selecting Amtrak for this contract speaks volumes about the high-quality service we have provided over many years to Maryland and Marc passengers, and the strong operating relationship we have developed with Marc during that time,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak’s chief commercial officer. “Commuter contracts help Amtrak expand our business and meet our financial goals.”
The MARC system also includes Harford County, Brunswick, and Frederick, Md., and Martinsburg, W. Va. Services operates Monday through Friday with limited weekend service on the Penn Line.