Construction on Camden MARC station should wrap up by early September, MTA says

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The soon-to-be-replaced MARC station at Camden Yards. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Commuters and Orioles fans will have to wait a few more months before they see a fully redone Camden MARC station outside of Oriole Park.

Originally supposed to be a temporary transit stop when it opened in 1992, Camden Station is now undergoing a $7.2 million overhaul to transform it into a more permanent fixture outside the stadium downtown. The renovations will give it a new look with a brick exterior complementing the look of the ballpark, officials have said, as well as other upgrades like new restrooms, an attendant-staffed ticketing area, a Maryland Transit Administration Police substation and a bigger waiting area for passengers.

Work on the station, which also houses an MTA Light Rail stop, began in October 2018.

“Construction of the Camden MARC station continues on schedule and is expected to be completed in early September,” an MTA spokesperson said via email.

The agency previously said the project would be done by late March of this year to coincide with the start of baseball season. In the meantime, light rail passengers were told to use the nearby Convention Center station. The light rail stop did resume service at the start of April, just in time for Opening Day as promised.

But construction on the MARC station, being carried out by Baltimore-based general contractor Barton Malow Co., has continued into the summer months.

Reached over the weekend, MTA spokesperson Brittany Marshall said the agency apologized for any confusion from its original announcement back in October, and explained that it “should have referenced construction at the Light RailLink stop (rather than station) would be completed by the end of March.”

Work on the MARC station “is on schedule and has been since the project started,” she maintained.

State officials secured $6 million in Federal Highway Administration funds for the project last year. The State of Maryland is providing $1.2 million.

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  1. The “apology for any confusion” is a joke. The announcement last year by Philip Hutson clearly stated the project would be finished by now. The unimaginative design looks like a 1970s highway restroom. It is not “cutting edge”, it is cookie-cutter. It could not look more out of place at Camden Yards unless the decide to paint it pink, It looks to be only a half step up from a temporary fireworks tent for 7.2 million dollars. And now it is going to be 4 months late. Has the state portion of the bill gone up from $1.2 million dollar commitment due to construction delays?

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