New Bike Racks Installed to Meet Growing Customer Demand
BALTIMORE, MD (FEBRUARY 19, 2019) – With the installation of new bike racks on 35 railcars, MARC Train riders now can transport full-size bicycles on the majority of weekday rush-hour Penn Line trains. Previously, riders only have been able to bring collapsible/folding bikes on trains.
“The MARC Penn Line corridor connects people across the region to job centers, universities and a wide variety of biking trails,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “The ability to bring full-size bicycles onto our weekday trains enables even more of our passengers to combine exercise with their commute at the beginning and end of their trip.”
The new full-size bike racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis and continue MDOT MTA’s efforts to expand bicycle access across Maryland, including the addition of bicycle parking at 11 MARC stations and nine Metro SubwayLink stations. MDOT MTA has worked closely with local jurisdictions to enhance bicycle connections to transit facilities.
MARC riders should check the schedule for the bicycle symbol to determine which trains have bike racks installed. At the station, passengers with full-size bicycles can identify which railcar to board by looking for an illuminated green light on the outside of the car. Passengers unable to find an available bike rack will need to wait for the next train with bike racks. Collapsible/folding bikes continue to be accepted on all MARC trains.
MDOT MTA is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MDOT MTA operates LocalLink and Commuter Buses, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink, MARC Train service and a comprehensive Mobility paratransit system. MDOT MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.