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Why the name change?[edit]

What's the reason for the name change on all the instances of MARC? Is there a source that this is an "official" name? On the MTA Website, there's no indication that the name is anything other than just "MARC". --Jfruh 07:22, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

Agreed, the new name is no improvement over the old one. According to the MARC name was adopted in 1984 and originally represented "Maryland Area Rail Commuter," but current branding seems to favor MARC and Maryland Rail Commuter, as seen at MTA's site as not to mention [1] [2] [3](PDF)[4][5]. FWIW, Google returns
  • "Maryland Rail Commuter" train - 968 results
    • "Maryland Rail Commuter" = 62
  • "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" train - 413
    • "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" = 0
  • "Maryland Area Regional Commuter" train - 362
    • "Maryland Area Regional Commuter" = 0
  • "Maryland Rail Commuter Service" train - 338
    • "Maryland Rail Commuter Service" - 4
I think the article should be moved to Maryland Rail Commuter. - choster 17:00, 3 August 2005 (UTC)
Per [6] and [7], it is Maryland Rail Commuter Service. After all, the name is referring to the service, not one who uses the service. Although, I will concede that material at uses the term MARC Train a lot. SixSix 05:37, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
I ride the MARC daily. Every piece of literature I've seen says "MARC train," and that is the only use I see on , including their annual report. If ya ask me, "MARC Train Service" is the official name. Al 20:22, 30 September 2005 (UTC)
Agreed, as I finally found an official statement from the MTA [8] which confirms that—regardless of what it was before—MARC Train Service is now the de facto name. Time for a name change for this page, I guess? SixSix 15:46, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
Oh yeah Google returns about 56,800 results for "marc train", 109 for "marc train" . Al 20:29, 30 September 2005 (UTC)
While I don't disagree with your conclusion, I'm not too crazy about using Google search result counts to prove or disprove such things. SixSix 15:46, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
Me either. But since Google results were shown above I just wanted to add another data point. I ride the MARC daily, and there is nothing on either the MTA website or any documents, including the tickets, that say anything other than MARC. No "also known as", no "dba", nothing of the kind. The title of this article should be MARC Train. Al 17:15, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
Well, I think part of the problem is that people (myself included :) ) have wanted to believe that MARC was an acronym, instead of just a name that does not necessarily "stand" for something. At any rate, we're almost there: I think we're down to whether or not to include Service as part of the title. Per link #8 above, it would seem as though Service is part of the official name, so at the moment I'm leaning towards MARC Train Service, but as an occassional MARC rider, I agree that I only ever see MARC Train in passenger-targeted material. SixSix 13:25, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
It seems obvious to me that it USED to stand for something, but now is just the name. (In much the same way that AT&T used to stand for American Telephone & Telegraph, but now is now officially AT&T Corporation.) In any event, MARC Train Service looks like a winner to me. Al 18:34, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
I haven't exactly been contributing to this debate, so I apologize for throwing a spanner in the works here. But I don't really see the point of including "service" in the title; that strikes me as just a descriptive noun rather than part of the name of the service. Frankly, I think even having "train" in there is a little silly, though I admit that the MTA's Web site refers to it inexplicably as "MARC Train" throughout. What's wrong with just using "MARC"? --Jfruh 23:11, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
I see this as an issue of what the official name is, rather than what any one individual's opinion is about what it should be. To that end, please see (for the second time...) [[9]], where, right there in the second paragraph, it says The local rail passenger service now called MARC Train Service. While I don't think anybody disagrees that, in colloquial usage, MARC or MARC Train is more common, I think the article title is supposed to use the official name. Once the article is renamed, we can add something to the article along the lines of "more commonly known as MARC or MARC Train" to the article and/or add redirect pages for them. Finally, there are other meanings of MARC, so I don't think it should just be MARC. SixSix 20:29, 10 October 2005 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Naming conventions (common names) would seem to suggest that MARC Train would be better. MARC indeed would probably end up as a disambiguation page. Al 17:05, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
Based on that, and on my inability to find any naming guidelines that specifically address the naming of pages about governmental agencies or railroads, I'm in agreement with MARC Train. There already is a disambiguation page for MARC, BTW. We'll just have to adjust the one entry to point to MARC Train instead of Maryland Rail Commuter Service. SixSix 00:21, 13 October 2005 (UTC)
Works for me. --Jfruh 02:09, 13 October 2005 (UTC)
I've been bold and gone ahead. (Obviously.) Al 12:16, 14 October 2005 (UTC)
Thanks, Al. I think any time you can get three people to agree on anything on the internet, it's a minor miracle. To top it off, it looks like someone already fixed all the pages that had previously pointed to Maryland Rail Commuter Service; thanks! SixSix 19:40, 17 October 2005 (UTC)
That was me, goofing off when I should have been working. Al 12:29, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
I have been looking at this and searching for all different configurations on the official title. It does appear that "MARC Train" is what the MTA is now referring to their commuter trains as. Though it does seem odd that MTA has gone that route as "MARC Train" sounds blunt, it appears that they refer to it every as "the MARC train." They refer to it like the commuters do - "yeah, I take the MARC train." Weird, but hey, that is it.Oanabay04 (talk) 16:17, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
You do realize you responded to a 3-and-a-half year old (and rather well settled) discussion? Oh, also, please don't edit other persons' talk page comments, it's considered quite rude.oknazevad (talk) 16:57, 29 May 2009 (UTC)


I see someone added details about the February, 1996 crash. Are there any other incidents that we can use to flesh out an "Accidents" section? Al 12:29, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

The only other MARC accident of note that I can recall occurred two or three years back at Penn Station. If I recall correctly, a northbound Amtrak was entering the station, coming out of the tunnel that is south of the station, and could not stop in time before it hit a southbound MARC either waiting in the station or waiting to enter the tunnel. Something about the engineer never having driven a diesel before (she had only driven electrics up to that point) seems to come to mind. It should be on the NTSB site; I'll check it when I have more time. SixSix 17:32, 27 October 2005 (UTC)
NB Palmetto (#90) sideswiped SB MARC (#437) due to the engineer not being experienced enough with diesels. NTSB accident report[10]. A quick search of the NTSB site finds no other reported accidents. Skabat169 14:05, 11 June 2007 (UTC)


Considering it's a grand total of about 26 miles, does it strike anyone else as odd that the Penn line isn't simply extended to Newark, Delaware, where one could transfer to SEPTA? The track's already there, and it already goes to Perryville, it seems like it would be a rather easy thing to do. Any insights into why it doesn't? Doregasm 21:31, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Well, I just found my own answer: Doregasm 21:36, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

I've thought a lot about that very idea a great deal, and wondered if I was alone in that regard, but I see I'm not! What does that site actually reveal in terms of a concrete answer, though? It does outline a feasibility study, but doesn't really hint at any progress that's been made (if there is any, which I doubt). Snowman83 01:26, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
I guess if the problem is just the amount of freight traffic going through a limited number of tracks, any regularly scheduled commuter rail would be impossible. I tried e-mailing them for more updated information, but never heard back. Doregasm 09:14, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
I found a mention of the report in DART's (DE's transit funding arm of the DOT) Long Range Transit Plan at (see pages 17 and 19). Note though that this only shows the study funded through 2005, so odd that a report can't be found. Keep in mind that a commuter rail extension such as this would require money to build stations, add interlockings, buy more equipment (MARC is already short on capacity as it is), and more annual cost (for maintenance, crews, and payments to Amtrak for track usage). My guess would be that the projected ridership was too low to justify the costs. A shame though, and something that could easily become worthwhile with worsening traffic and higher gas prices in the near future.
Skabat169 16:32, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Station shutdowns: remove this section?[edit]

Now that these stations look to stay open in the immediate future, I think this section ought to be either greatly reduced or removed altogether from the article. What say you all? --Jfruh (talk) 18:59, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

A mention should remain as historical fact, but it should defenitely be reduced and/or edited into another subheading. Skabat169 22:57, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
We should just take it out boyds and dickerson are still in service. The article seems to be inacruate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Plyhmrp (talkcontribs)
The article is not inaccurate: it correctly states that MARC considered closing them, but they remained open in the end. SixSix 16:07, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree that an item like this loses its significance at some point after the event. If there is any possibility that this issue will arise in the near future, I'd say keep it around a while longer. However, I haven't heard anything to this effect, and this year's legislative session passed with no further mention of this issue, so I'm guessing it's dead.
So, I guess the question then becomes how to "de-significant-ize" the topic. Just a thought: how about referencing a footnote from the respective stations in the station list, something to the effect of: "In an early-2006 plan that was ultimately canceled, station was scheduled to be closed due to low patronage." SixSix 16:07, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
OK, I just went ahead and did it. Sorry, just seemed like the best way to implement it. I think it looks good now. SixSix 16:29, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Brunswick Line crash section[edit]

After recent additions, this one incident takes up a sizeable chunk of a not particularly long article. I would propose moving it to its own article with a link from here. What say you all? --Jfruh (talk) 16:03, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Not that big a chunk. Besides, it's certainly not big enough for its own article. I think it should stay right where it is. —Wrathchild (talk) 17:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I just question whether a single accident that happened more than a decade ago is such a defining part of the essence of MARC that it merits such an amount of space here. By comparison, the Sept. 11th attacks, which are more recent and have certainly had more reprecussions, merit only two sentences in the United Airlines article. --Jfruh (talk) 17:47, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't think it's taking up that much space, honestly, and moving it to its own article doesn't make sense to me. I suggest that it is very much a defining event in the history of MARC as it is, apparently, the only fatal accident in its history (not counting trespassers struck by trains). I'll see if I can get a photo or two of the multiple memorials that are on the grounds of the Brunswick station. —Wrathchild (talk) 20:36, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


If anyone wonders Jessup station is closed it was a camden line stop and it is not there check the timetable at the stations. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Plyhmrp (talkcontribs) 19:19, April 10, 2007

I asked you on your talk page why you keep removing it. You didn't respond. What's your source? I still see it on the official site. [11][12][13] I'm a regular MARC commuter and I haven't seen any announcements from MTA Maryland or anything in the newspaper about a station closing. So what's the deal? —Wrathchild (talk) 17:54, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Have you been on MARC? Just check th timetables. If you been on the camden it is not on the timetable and we did not stop there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
Did you read what I wrote? Yes, I am a MARC commuter. Admittedly, on the Brunswick line, but I still don't see where the Jessup station is closed in any source. Neither the timetable cards nor the official MTA website show that the Jessup station is out of service. Only one train stops there in the mornings and evenings (two on some holidays). Is that perhaps what is confusing you? In any event, your say-so is a primary source, and is thus not a valid source for Wikipedia. We need something else: the official website to say they're not stopping there, a newspaper article, something. —Wrathchild (talk) 14:27, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes i did read what you wrote. On nbc 4 they said Jessup was closed. It was a while back. Check the CAMDEN timtables they do not stop there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Plyhmrp (talkcontribs)
I just looked at the Camden Timetable, and what do you know, one train a day still stops there. Just like Wrathchild said. So I put Jessup back on the list. By the way, please don't put your comments on this page such that it looks like part of someone else's comment. --Jfruh (talk) 15:16, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
First of all, keep it civil. Please. Second, I accessed the schedule here. It shows train 850 and 847 (plus 852 and 841 in bad weather) stopping at Jessup. Therefore, I consider the station open. I have not verified this by physically standing on the platform and watching the trains stop, but I would consider the timetable from MTA's website good enough for now. Skabat169 00:54, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

(← Unindent) Speaking as a disinterested 3rd party, a railroad timetable is a reliable source. One's personal experience, watching from the platform, etc. would be original research. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 01:31, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

Official timetables are indeed reliable sources. What was seen on TV may have been a number of things: perhaps a consideration of closing it, or perhaps a temporary closure at some point for maintenance, or perhaps a short closure due to an incident. There are plenty of things: all of which could be easily proven if they are indeed true. For example, go to Jessup and get a photo of a sign saying closed. Or find the NBC4 article on their website and link to it. The burden of proof is to prove it is closed, as right now there is plenty of evidence to say it is indeed open. --Bossi (talkgallerycontrib) 00:37, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

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Crashes and incidents: what qualifies to be listed[edit]

I do not think that every last suicide and grade crossing (car vs. train) incident should be listed in the Crashes and Incidents section, unless they result in deaths or injuries to MARC passengers or significant damage to MARC equipment. Rationale:

  • The article is about MARC, not highway-rail crossing safety, suicide by train, etc. If the incident does not have a noteworthy affect on MARC passengers or equipment, it should not be included.
  • An incident that ultimately results in nothing other than a delay to MARC passengers is not noteworthy; delays happen all the time. Therefore, a suicide or highway/rail incident that causes nothing but a delay is not noteworthy.
  • By virtue of their frequency, suicides and highway/rail incidents in and of themselves do not qualify as noteworthy (unfortunately).
  • The article will become unmanageably long if every single incident is listed.

Therefore, I propose removing the existing entry about the June 2007 suicide, and watching the section for any other such "minor" entries that do not qualify as "noteworthy". —Preceding unsigned comment added by SixSix (talkcontribs) 16:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)


We could use a map like that... does anyone know how the MTA licenses their works? Probably copyrighted :| gren グレン 14:47, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

MARC Train Service
Brunswick Line
Harpers Ferry
Potomac River
Point of Rocks
Monocacy River
Metropolitan Grove
Washington Grove
Garrett Park
Silver Spring
Camden Station
Camden Line
St Denis
Laurel Race Track
College Park
Penn Line
Susquehanna River
Bush River
Gunpowder River
Martin State Airport
Penn Station
West Baltimore
BWI Airport
Bowie State
New Carrollton
Union Station

The map has been added following a Graphic Lab request. Diagrams have been added to the individual line articles, and we are debating whether to include a combined diagram (shown right) in this article. It may be possible to collapse this completely to a single row MARC Train Service [show]. Certes (talk) 13:03, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

Name change[edit]

Somebody just moved this page to a new name w/out discussion? You'll note the discussion above on this talk page (with sources) with the rationale for the previous location. --Jfruh (talk) 15:57, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Move reverted, as it was done without consensus and ignored the above discussion.oknazevad (talk) 17:33, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Frederick Service[edit]

No mention in the article of service to Frederick, MD, on a spur from Brunswick. Who owns the track?--Virgil H. Soule (talk) 06:11, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

The part from Point of Rocks to the branch is CSX's Old Main Line Subdivision, while the Frederick branch itself is owned by the MTA Maryland (actually the only MARC trackage they own). It's all covered at the Brunswick Line article, where such details are better suited. oknazevad (talk) 06:51, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
A description of the service to Frederick MD (which MARC considers and markets as a branch of the Brunswick Line) has been added. MDOT owns the physical plant (per CSXT's Baltimore Division Timetable).TRHickey (talk) 23:53, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Map (2)[edit]

I re-added the map diagram to the infobox because it does provide useful information to this article in a compact form. I have it defaulting to showing all the line names and only terminus stations. I've collapsed the diagram by default so it doesn't take up much space. gren グレン 03:15, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

I have reverted your addition. As I said in my edit summary, line map templates are meant to illustrate the physical line; that's why they include symbols for bridges, tunnels, grade crossings, etc. As such, they belong on the line articles. Other multi-line commuter systems don't include them for that reason as well; see MBTA Commuter Rail, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, SEPTA Regional Rail, Metra, GO Transit, Agence métropolitaine de transport and Metrolink (Southern California). These are all the multi-line commuter systems in North America save one, and none of those articles have line maps on them. (Virginia Railway Express is the exception, though that's due to the lack of individual line articles. Why there's no individual line articles I don't know; I may have to rectify that.)
Other commuter systems that do include line maps are single line systems. As such, the article serves both as a description of the service and the physical right-of-way; there the line map serves to as it would on an individual line article, such as at Harlem Line.
Plus it's redundant, as there's already a geographic map showing where the lines are located, with better context to each other and the surrounding geography. oknazevad (talk) 04:45, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Questioning "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" name[edit]

I'm finally calling BS on the "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" name, which, given that it is so awkward and contrived, is ostensibly nothing more than a made-up bacronym of "MARC" with no official sourcing. I know that a previous discussion in which I was involved, above, cites a Trains article as the source of this name, but I have a strong suspicion that this is a circular reference, in that Trains is getting the "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" name from Wikipedia (and, thusly, perpetuating a falsehood).

Anyway, the article implies that "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" is the current meaning of MARC, so any citation would need to confirm this to be the case.

I'd say to give this a few months and, if no reliable source can be provided in that time, it's out of here. SixSix (talk) 14:09, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

That's because it's "Maryland Area Regional Commuter" according to the MTA Maryland website. I've corrected it and added a ref. oknazevad (talk) 14:53, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
I agree that the name is suspect and probably is being perpetuated by the Wikipedia article. The link to the MTA website (which is what you get when you Google the phrase "Maryland Area Rail Commuter") does not actually contain that phrase so the citation needs to be changed. Even though that text is found nowhere on the site.
If you do an advanced Google search for the phrase "Maryland Area Rail Commuter" and limit to .gov websites, you will get some actual government documents that use the phrase. For example, try this: —Diiscool (talk) 15:09, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
The phrase appears right on the page. To quote:

Home / Getting Around / Services

The MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) Train Service is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

I'd call that in the citation given. oknazevad (talk) 16:52, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Well ... I stand corrected! I definitely missed that. Thanks for pointing it out. Problem solved. —Diiscool (talk) 16:55, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Quoting directly from "MARC Train 101", an internal document created by MTA to maintain a consistent source of information for all things concerning MARC:
"In 1983 the name MARC first began to be used as a marketing name for the service. MARC was an acyronym derived from 'MAryland Rail Commuter' [double-caps in the first word deliberate]. However, only the MARC name is used on equipment, timetables, and other communications with the public."
The current MTA website suggests MARC stands for "Maryland Area Regional Commuter" (reflecting that the MTA unit presently administering the train service is also responsible for regional commuter bus) but, as the MARC Train 101 citation indicates, this is not usually shared with the public.TRHickey (talk) 00:18, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Stations without images[edit]

The following MARC stations still need images:

I'd love to grab Seabrook (MARC station) on my next road trip up north, but I don't know when that's going to take place. Nevertheless, I'd still like to remind everybody here of them, so that the articles aren't neglected. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 21:22, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

UPDATE: I see that two stations are now photographed, thanks to User:Pi.1415926535. So that makes two left, now. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 13:28, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
I should be able to grab Seabrook in mid August; unfortunately Frederick would be too far an excursion. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 14:26, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
And now that you've got Seabrook station, the only one left is Frederick, which I also think could use some S-Line adjustments. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 03:45, 4 October 2014 (UTC)