West Baltimore (MARC station)

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West Baltimore
MARC commuter rail station
West Baltimore MARC Station; North Staircase.JPG
Staircase leading to the northbound platform at West Baltimore Station
Station statistics
Address 400 North Smallwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
Coordinates 39°17′36″N 76°39′11″W / 39.293368°N 76.653172°W / 39.293368; -76.653172Coordinates: 39°17′36″N 76°39′11″W / 39.293368°N 76.653172°W / 39.293368; -76.653172
Line(s)
Connections 23 40, 47, 150
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Owned by Amtrak
Services
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Penn Line
toward Perryville

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.

History[edit]

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,[1] and West Baltimore Station serves as a replacement for the former Edmondson Avenue Station a few blocks north, which today is a private business.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.

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