A bad week got worse for Amtrak this morning, when an Acela Express train had to stop and unload 52 passengers this morning near Havre de Grace after two train cars separated while traveling at 125 mph.
Amtrak has chosen a team of largely Baltimore-area developers, architects, contractors and others to handle Baltimore Penn Station’s much-awaited renovation.
Amtrak wants to expand rail service in the Northeast.
Taking the train is, theoretically, one of the most convenient ways to travel from Baltimore — but old tracks, dated equipment, and out-of-date trains often lead to delays and other annoyances.
Last night, a northbound Amtrak train traveling north from DC — otherwise known as the train that you probably take all the time if you’re traveling from Baltimore to New York or Philly or points north — derailed outside of Philadelphia in what’s being called the worst rail disaster in the Northeast corridor in years.
In one of the most sane decisions in recent memory, MARC commuter trains will begin weekend service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this Saturday. Day-trippers will be charged a credible fee of $7 for a one-way ticket.
The line will offer an utterly imaginable nine roundtrips on Saturdays, and a profoundly believable six on Sundays. The first Saturday train will depart Penn Station at the godly hour of 7:35 a. m. The last return trip will leave D.C. at a plausible 10:35 p. m.
The goal is to set up a high-speed rail line that connects D.C. and Boston with stops in the primary markets of Philadelphia and New York. It’s a $151 billion Federal Railroad Adminstration project to be completed by 2040. Of the 15 specific plans currently on the table four would allow trains to reach a maximum speed of 220 mph.