Odenton (MARC station)

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MARC commuter rail station
MARC Odenton station.jpg
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, MD, 21113
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
Parking Yes
Opened July 2, 1872 (B&P)
Rebuilt 1943 (PRR), 1989[1]
Passengers (2012 daily boardings) 2,100
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 the MARC Penn Line between Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD and Perryville, MD. The station is located along Amtrak's high-speed Northeast Corridor; however, Amtrak does not stop at this station.[2] Both platforms at the station are high-level and are among the longest in the MARC system.


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 servicce 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. [3]


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Media related to Odenton (MARC station) at Wikimedia Commons

An Amtrak train flies past Odenton Station
A MARC Train rushes back to DC from Odenton. Note the PRR sign on the station house.