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MARC’s Penn Line begins new schedule

Maryland transit officials are launching a new schedule for the heavily used MARC Penn Line in an effort to ease overcrowding and reduce stress on train engines.

The Maryland Transit Administration says that beginning Monday it will run more trains with fewer cars during peak hours. Officials say the change will provide an additional 1,000 seats during the morning and evening rush hours. Seventy percent of the passengers between Baltimore and Washington travel during those times.

The Penn Line runs between Baltimore’s Penn Station and Union Station in Washington, with some trains going farther north, to Perryville in Cecil County.