Odenton station

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MARC commuter rail station
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MARC train led by a Kawasaki bi-level cab car enters Odenton station.
Location 1400 Odenton Road (West Entrance)
300 Morgan Road (East Entrance)
Odenton, Maryland
Coordinates 39°05′13″N 76°42′23″W / 39.0869°N 76.7065°W / 39.0869; -76.7065Coordinates: 39°05′13″N 76°42′23″W / 39.0869°N 76.7065°W / 39.0869; -76.7065
Owned by Amtrak
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Connections Bus transport RTA 202, RTA 203
Parking 1,977 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilities Yes (5 Bike lockers)
Opened July 2, 1872 (B&P)
Rebuilt 1943 (PRR), 1989[2]
Passengers (2013) 2,823 (MARC)
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Penn Line
toward Perryville
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad
toward Philadelphia

Odenton is a passenger rail station on MARC Train's Penn Line. It is located along Amtrak's high-speed Northeast Corridor, although Amtrak does not stop at this station.[3] Both platforms at the station are high-level and are among the longest in the MARC system.


Odenton station in 1995, with PRR sign on the station house

The Odenton station was originally built in 1872 by the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad which was later merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad on November 1, 1902. The station survived the merger between the New York Central Railroad and the PRR that formed Penn Central. Upon the establishment of Amtrak in 1971 very limited passenger services to the station survived - eventually dwindling to 2 trains each way, each day, Monday - Friday. Although the station building closed to the public at that time, it continued to be used as a maintenance-of-way storage facility. Commuter passenger service has operated continuously from this station since prior to 1900. Around 1989, the station came under the name MARC, a portion of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) and continuing to serve local commuter service for the area. MARC service has exploded and, currently, sees over 50 trains stopping there each day, Monday through Friday and new but growing service on week-ends and some holidays. [4]


MARC Trains:

Side platform, doors open on right
Southbound toward Washington Union Station. Next stop: Bowie State.
Northbound toward Perryville. Next stop: BWI Rail Station
Side platform, doors open on left

Connecting services[edit]

The National Security Agency (NSA) maintains a shuttle service from Odenton station to its Visitor Control Center at its headquarters at Fort George G. Meade; it has done so since 2005. In 2009 the U.S. Army established a similar shuttle service from Odenton station to the Army section of Fort Meade; the NSA operates this service, allowing garrison employees, persons with Fort Meade visitor passes, and U.S. Department of Defense IDs to board.[5]


  1. ^ "MARC Station Information". Department of Transportation: Maryland Transit Authority. Maryland.gov. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Camp, M. J. "Anne Arundel County, Maryland". Significant Extant Railroad/Railway Structures of North America. Railroad Station Historical Society, Inc. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MARC Train System Map". Maryland Transit Administration. Maryland Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 27, 2004. Retrieved March 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ Calo, Michael (December 23, 2008). "Odenton, Maryland: The town a railroad built". Mike's Railroad Page. 
  5. ^ McCombs, Alan J. (2009-02-23). "Fort Meade launches commuter shuttle service". United States Army. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 

External links[edit]

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