West Baltimore (MARC station)
MARC commuter rail station
Staircase leading to the northbound platform at West Baltimore Station
|Address||400 North Smallwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
|Connections||23 40, 47, 150|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
West Baltimore Station is a station on the MARC Penn Line located in the western part of Baltimore City along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor. It is located at 400 North Smallwood Street at the intersections of Mulberry and Franklin Streets. Two large surface lots provide parking for patrons utilizing MARC service from the station.
Under current plans, the future Red Line transit line will serve this station. The station currently serves the Penn Line. It has connections with the Routes 23, 40, 47, and 150 buses.
The route of the Penn Line was first operated in the mid-19th century. It was first operated as a Pennsylvania Railroad Line. In 1968 PRR merged with New York Central Railroad to form Penn Central Railroad, and after years of financial despair turned the line as well as its entire operation over to Conrail. The MARC operation dates from 1983, and West Baltimore Station serves as a replacement for the former Edmondson Avenue Station a few blocks north, which today is a private business.
In 2009, it was announced that approximately 400 parking spaces east of Pulaski Street will be added, but this is a temporary expansion until the 2013 redevelopment. As a result, the portion of Interstate 170 that was originally intended to become part of its western extension but had never carried vehicular traffic was demolished in the fall of 2010. In addition, Payson Street will reconnect Mulberry and Franklin Streets, and it is also expected that the Red Line will utilize the median of what is now the US 40 expressway.
- Franklin Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Picture of Southbound platform staircase from Westbound US 40 and the platform
- West Baltimore MARC Station (Road and Rail Pictures)