Construction on the new Camden MARC stop begins today, shutting down the Light Rail station until baseball season

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The current MARC station at Camden Yards. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The state’s $7 million-plus overhaul of the Camden MARC station begins today, with plans to give it a design that’s more complementary to Oriole Park at Camden Yards than the present space frame-supported roof at the stop, as well as the historic Camden Station building that until recently housed the Sports Legends and Geppi’s museums.

While MARC service actually won’t be interrupted at the mostly outdoor stop, the Maryland Transit Administration will be shutting down the Light Rail station that thousands of passengers use to get to and from games during baseball season. Trains will thus go straight from Hamburg to the Convention Center stop, and vice-versa.

The system’s Penn-Camden shuttle will also be re-routed, now traveling from the Mt. Royal Station to Penn Station.

Fortunately for fans, the state plans to wrap up construction on the MARC station by the end of March 2019, just before Opening Day on April 4. Until then, the state’s advising passengers, most of whom will likely be commuters or tourists, to get off at the Convention Center stop.

In addition to the above amenities, the new MARC stop will also have a new MTA Police substation, according to a release.

“We’re committed to bringing a much-improved transit experience to our riders when the new Camden Station is completed,” MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn said in a statement. “The new facility underscores our commitment to providing safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service.”

The MARC station was originally built as a temporary station to be ready in time for the debut of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992. It’s since remained as-is.

Last year, the state secured federal dollars to help pay for its redevelopment. The Federal Highway Administration is throwing in $6 million for the effort, with the state contributing $1.2 million. Los Angeles-based engineering firm Aecom did the design, and downtown-based general contractor Barton Malow Co. is managing construction.

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