The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is pleased to announce ticket sales for the special MARC Train service for the Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 21, 2013. The commemorative tickets will go on sale December 17, 2012 at 8:00 a.m., and may be purchased online at www.mta.maryland.gov or at the MTA Transit store located at 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Md., 21202.
“The Presidential Inaugural events will draw people from across the country, and the MTA is proud to offer transportation services to and from the activities in our nation’s capital,” said MTA Administrator Ralign T. Wells. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the important role public transit plays in transporting commuters and visitors alike throughout Maryland,” added Wells.
All MARC service will operate as reserved trains, and tickets must be purchased in advance. The commemorative tickets are $25.00 each and orders are limited to a maximum 20 tickets per person.
MARC Train will operate on a special Penn and Brunswick Line morning and afternoon schedule that day. MARC Penn Line service will run eight morning trains departing from Baltimore’s Penn Station every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and ten afternoon trains departing from Washington’s Union Station from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Penn Line service will not operate north of Baltimore’s Penn Station and will only board passengers at Odenton, BWI, Halethorpe, and West Baltimore between Penn and Union stations.
MARC Brunswick Line service will operate two morning trains departing from Martinsburg at 7:25 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. and two morning trains departing from Frederick at 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Two afternoon trains will depart Washington for Martinsburg at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and two afternoon trains will depart for Frederick at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Even though the inaugural events occur on a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MTA officials are advising customers to expect crowded conditions going into and out and of Washington, D.C. Customers should also be aware that there are a limited number of tickets available, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.