Bowie State station

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Bowie State
MARC commuter rail station
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Location 13900 Old Jericho Park Road
Bowie, Maryland
Coordinates 39°01′04″N 76°45′53″W / 39.01778°N 76.76472°W / 39.01778; -76.76472Coordinates: 39°01′04″N 76°45′53″W / 39.01778°N 76.76472°W / 39.01778; -76.76472
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Construction
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened February 27, 1989[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 801 (MARC)
Services
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Penn Line
toward Perryville

Bowie State is a regional rail station on the Northeast Corridor, located adjacent to the campus of Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. It is served by the MARC MARC Penn Line commuter rail service.

History[edit]

The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad (B&P) opened its main line in 1872, with a station at Bowie but not at Jericho Park.[2] The B&P was merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1902.[3] The PRR opened Jericho Park station, located at the modern station site, to serve the Maryland Normal and Industrial School (the predecessor to Bowie State College) around 1911.[4]

The PRR folded into Penn Central in 1968.[5] Conrail took over the ex-PRR Baltimore-Washington service, soon subsidized by the Maryland Department of Transportation, from Penn Central at its creation on April 1, 1976.[6] Conrail operated service to the station until June 26, 1981. It was closed as the Jericho Park Road grade crossing was eliminated by the Laurel-Bowie Road overpass.[1][7]

Bowie State station was opened on February 27, 1989 as a replacement for the Bowie station, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the south.[1] Bowie State provided parking lots - not possible to construct at Bowie - and better road access to surrounding suburban areas. This was one of the first major station projects undertaken under the MARC branding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY AND THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT: 1980-89" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. 
  2. ^ "Southern Maryland Commuter Rail Service Feasibility Study" (PDF). Maryland Transit Administration. August 2009. 
  3. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY AND THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT: 1902" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. 
  4. ^ Annual Report of the State Board of Education. 45. Maryland State Department of Education. 1911. p. 147 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY AND THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT: 1968" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. 
  6. ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY AND THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT: 1976" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. 
  7. ^ "News and Upcoming Events" (PDF). Transit Times. Action Committee for Transit. 1 (2). Summer 1987. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bowie State (MARC) at Wikimedia Commons