Car Free Days 2019

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) recognizes bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy transportation option to get customers from their front door to their desired transit station. As part of our efforts to expand options for our bicycle-riding customers, MARC Train is proud to support World Car Free Days. Full-size bicycle acceptance will be greatly expanded on Friday, September 20 and Monday, September 23.

MARC Penn Line riders can transport full-size bicycles on most weekday rush-hour trains every day. For World Car Free Days, additional trains across all three MARC Train lines will offer bike service. Along with dedicated MARC Bike Cars operating on Brunswick and Camden lines, the full-size bike racks on select MARC II and III railcars are available on a first-come, first-served basis and continue MDOT MTA's efforts to expand bicycle access across Maryland.

Camden and Brunswick Line passengers will be able to bring full size bicycles on the following trains for World Car Free Days:



Camden Line Westbound Bike Car Trains

Train Number 841 845 849 851 855 857
Camden Station 5:00AM 6:10AM 7:10AM 8:05AM -- 5:20PM
St. Denis 5:11AM -- -- 8:16AM -- --
Dorsey 5:18AM 6:28AM 7:29AM 8:25AM 4:45PM 5:38PM
Savage 5:25AM 6:34AM 7:37AM 8:32AM 4:52PM 5:38PM
Laurel 5:31AM 6:40AM 7:44AM 8:38AM 4:58PM 5:51PM
Muirkirk 5:36AM 6:46AM 7:49AM 8:44AM 5:03PM 5:56PM
Greenbelt 5:42AM 6:53AM -- 8:50AM -- 6:02PM
College Park 5:46AM 6:58AM 8:01AM 8:54AM 5:15PM 6:06PM
Riverdale 5:55AM 7:04AM -- 9:01AM -- 6:13PM
Union Station 6:09AM 7:18AM 8:21AM 9:12AM 5:35PM 6:28PM

Camden Line Eastbound Bike Car Trains

Train Number 840 844 848 850 856 858
Union Station 6:32AM 7:40AM 3:30PM 4:13PM 5:58PM 6:55PM
Riverdale 6:42AM **7:50AM **3:40PM -- -- 7:05PM
College Park 6:44AN 7:50AM 3:41PM 4:24PM 6:10PM 7:07PM
Greenbelt 6:49AM 7:55AM -- -- -- 7:12PM
Muirkirk 6:55AM 8:00AM 3:48PM 4:32PM 6:17PM 7:18PM
Laurel 7:02AM 8:07AM 3:55PM 4:39PM 6:24PM 7:25PM
Savage 7:08AM 8:13AM 4:01PM 4:45PM 6:30PM 7:31PM
Dorsey 7:19AM 8:24AM 4:20PM 4:57PM 6:42PM 7:42PM
St. Denis -- -- -- -- -- 7:51PM
Camden Station 7:43AM 8:48AM -- 5:25PM 7:13PM 8:03PM

** Trains 844 and 848 will make a stop at Riverdale Park Town Center for passengers who wish to board or alight with bicycles.

Brunswick Line Eastbound Bike Car Trains

Train Number 892 894 880
Brunswick -- -- 7:45AM
Frederick 6:05AM 7:10AM --
Monocacy 6:11AM 7:16AM -
Point of Rocks -- -- 7:55AM
Dickerson 6:37AM -- 8:02AM
Barnesville -- -- 8:08AM
Boyds 6:43AM - 8:13AM
Germantown 6:54AM 7:51AM 8:19AM
Metropolitan Grove 7:00AM 7:57AM 8:24AM
Gaithersburg 7:06AM 8:04AM 8:30AM
Washington Grove -- -- 8:33AM
Rockville 7:17AM 8:12AM 8:41AM
Garrett Park 7:22AM 8:17AM 8:46AM
Kensington 7:27AM 8:21AM 8:50AM
Silver Spring 7:35AM 8:32AM 9:01AM
Union Station 7:56AM 8:52AM 9:21AM

Brunswick Line Westbound Bike Cars

Train Number 891 893 883
Union Station 3:45PM 5:20PM 7:25PM
Silver Spring 3:59PM 5:34PM 7:37PM
Kensington -- 5:40PM 7:42PM
Garrett Park 4:05PM -- 7:45PM
Rockville 4:13PM 5:49PM 7:50PM
Washington Grove 4:17PM -- 7:54PM
Gaithersburg 4:20PM 5:55PM 7:57PM
Metropolitan Grove 4:23PM 5:58PM 8:00PM
Germantown 4:30PM 6:05PM 8:07PM
Boyds 4:35PM -- 8:10PM
Barnesville -- 6:15PM 8:13PM
Dickerson 4:50PM -- 8:16PM
Point of Rocks* -- -- 8:29PM
Monocacy 5:24PM 6:49PM -
Frederick 5:34PM 6:59PM -
Brunswick -- -- 8:47PM

Penn Line Trains

All Penn Line trains with the bicycle icon will have a bike car. The following trains will also have bike cars on Friday, September 20 and Monday, September 23:


  • 410, 610, 412, 416, 418, 520, 422, 430


  • 423, 427, 431, 433, 435, 537, 641, 447

Bicycles are accepted on all weekend Penn Line trains.

MDOT MTA will also have staff at select MARC stations and aboard select MARC trains to share information about bicycles on MDOT MTA on Friday, September 20 and Monday, September 23.

Penn, Camden, and Brunswick Line passengers with full-size bicycles can identify which railcar to board by looking for an illuminated green light on the outside of the car. On Brunswick Line trains 892 and 893 and Camden Line trains 849, 848, 855 and 856, bikes will board at the MARC Bike Car. It will be the adjacent to the locomotive and riders should board and alight at designated entrances and exits. 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.

Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel; meaning ways to get around other than driving alone by car. Commuter Connections hosts Car Free Day in the Washington, DC region to bring awareness to the benefits of travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and also telework for people who can work from home. Carpooling and vanpooling count too, we call that “car-lite” since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.