Amtrak Awarded Five-Year Contract for MARC Penn Line

February 28, 2018

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has awarded Amtrak a new five-year contract to continue providing train operations services for the MARC Penn Line commuter trains operating between Washington, D.C., and Perryville, Md.

“Commuter contracts help Amtrak expand our business and meet our financial goals,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak’s Chief Commercial Officer. “MDOT MTA selecting Amtrak for this contract speaks volumes about the high-quality service we have provided over many years to Maryland and MARC passengers, and the strong operating relationship we have developed with MARC during that time.”

During the MARC Penn Line train operations contract bidding process, which began a year ago, Amtrak faced strong competitors with excellent reputations. Ultimately, Amtrak earned the business on the strength of the company’s technical proficiency, which was rated highest among all the bidders.

“Amtrak is committed to continuing to provide safe and efficient operations and excellent customer service for the tens of thousands of Penn Line riders who rely on us every day,” said Gardner.

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