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MARC sets monthly on-time record

MARC trains set a monthly record in August for on-time performance, the Maryland Transit Administration said Monday.

The trains — which include those that run on the Penn Line, Brunswick Line and Camden Line — combined to be on time for 95 percent of August’s trips, up from 89 percent in August 2011.

The MTA noted the purchase of new diesel locomotives and the overhaul of 34 passenger cars as reasons for the improved performance on all three lines, which combined to ferry 38,000 passengers, most commuting to and from work, each day.

In a statement, MTA Administrator Ralign T. Wells said “on-time performance is a key indicator of the strides we’re making at MARC.

“We’re proud to hit this mark, especially in the summertime when heat-related speed restrictions can slow down our trains,” Wells said. “In the days ahead, MTA will continue to focus on MARC operations with the constant goal of delivering quality, reliable service to our customers.”

Penn Line trains, which carry about two-thirds of MARC’s daily passenger load, had just five trains perform below 95 percent in August and collectively have reached their destinations on-time 94 percent of the time this year. Trains on the Brunswick Line reported 97 percent on-time performance in August and are reaching destinations on-time 97 percent of the time year-to-date.

Camden Line trains were on-time 95 percent of the time in August, a percentage-point drop from their overall 2012 mark of 96 percent.