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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) received State and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds to advance preliminary engineering and to prepare a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental documentation for a proposed maintenance facility and storage yard. This facility would be alongside Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and support Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) operations. The proposed site for this maintenance facility is located in Perryville, Maryland, north of the NEC, south of Route 7 (Principio Furnace Road) and southeast of the intersection of Route 7 and Broad Street.

The purpose of the project is to develop a MARC facility that would efficiently serve operational, maintenance, and storage requirements of the MARC system. The new facility would accommodate current operational needs, projected ridership growth on the MARC system, and planned system expansion.

  • The MARC Northeast Maintenance Facility project would address four specific needs of the MARC system, as described below:
  • Need to support expected 2035 ridership growth and system expansion north of the Susquehanna River
  • Need for additional MARC Penn Line train storage
  • Need to consolidate maintenance and storage functions for the current MARC system
  • Need to support Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) growth plan and planned expansion of high speed rail

MARC expressed a preference for a site north of the Susquehanna River because it would provide a storage facility at the current northern end of the Penn Line. With the MARC Martin State Airport Facility midway between Baltimore and Perryville, a new facility at the north end of the line would support current and future MARC operations. In addition, the future extension of MARC service northward is more probable with the reduction of deadhead travel that the proposed storage facility provides.

Did you know that the Facility……. 

Will provide the ability for weekend service to Perryville and trains for special events (such as Cherry Blossoms…)? Has the potential to further Economic Development in the region? Brings us a step closer to a Regional Commuter Service? MARC needs a northern Facility to provide service further north. See our Miscellaneous Fact Sheet under the FAQ dropdown.

The Environmental Assessment and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation is available under the Public Involvement tab below, as well as in hard copy at the Perryville Town Hall, Perryville Branch Library and the Cecil County Executive Office. Comments will be acccepted until March 3, 2015. To provide comments or for more information, please contact Ms. Deidre Smith at:

Deirdre Smith, PE
Maryland Transit Administration - Project Development
6 St. Paul Street: 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

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