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May 17, 2013

MARC adding weekend service between Baltimore, D.C.

Maryland is expanding MARC rail service beyond the work week. State transportation officials say the transportation bill signed Thursday includes $100 million for enhancement for MARC, including weekend service on the Penn line, which runs between Washington’s Union Station and Baltimore’s Penn Station. It will also pay for new locomotives and two more weekday roundtrips […]

Apr 10, 2013

Union Station goes to all-wind power

Washington’s Union Station has signed a three-year contract with Herndon, Va.-based Washington Gas Energy Services to receive 100 percent of its electricity from wind power. Previously, the railroad station received 50 percent of its electricity from WGES CleanSteps WindPower. Under the new agreement, Union Station will transition to 100 percent wind power for its electricity […]

Jan 4, 2013

Union Station leaseholders pay $7.5M D.C. tax bill

WASHINGTON — Union Station’s leaseholders have agreed to pay the District of Columbia $7.5 million in taxes dating to 2008 to settle a dispute over the amounts owed to the government. Under the settlement Friday, Union Station Investco LLC and Union Station Redevelopment Corp. agreed to pay taxes for five years from 2008 to 2012. […]

Oct 23, 2012

Harborplace sold to New York-based real estate firm

Harborplace, the city’s signature 32-year-old tourism hub, is being sold to New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. for an undisclosed price. General Growth Properties, which acquired Harborplace as part of its November 2004 purchase of The Rouse Co., will close the deal next month, according to a memo sent to city officials by Christopher Schardt, senior […]

Jul 27, 2012

Real Estate Weekly – 7/27/12

Mahan Rykiel creates plan for Children’s Inn playground Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc., a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, designed a new playground/park for children seeking treatment at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda. The first phase of the Children’s Inn playground was completed Monday by more than 150 volunteers from […]

Jul 25, 2012

Amtrak proposes $7B for Union Station upgrades

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is proposing a $7 billion to upgrade Union Station in Washington to turn it into a high-speed rail hub for the Northeast. The Washington Post reports that a plan to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon calls for doubling the number of trains the station can accommodate. Amtrak would add new platforms, tracks and […]

Aug 29, 2011

MTA: Expect Penn Line delays for morning commute

The Maryland Transit Administration is warning travelers to expect delays on MARC’s Penn Line train due to Hurricane Irene. The MTA says the Penn Line train is operating on an “S,” or limited schedule Monday. The agency says Amtrak, which operates the Penn Line, suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. The Penn Line runs between […]

Jul 21, 2011

MARC working to protect against heat wave

The Maryland Transit Administration says it is taking steps to protect MARC trains, equipment and passengers during the heat wave. The MTA says the severe heat, forecast through Saturday, pushes equipment to the limit. The agency says it will aggressively address the issues when they occur and resolve them as quickly as possible. Water coolers […]

Jun 1, 2011

Pepco: Power expected back by midnight in DC

WASHINGTON — Pepco says it expects to return power by midnight to more than 1,500 customers north of Union Station. BGE, meanwhile, says it is preparing for an approaching cold front could that could trigger thunderstorms and cause more outages. In the Washington area, more than 2,000 Pepco customers were without power Wednesday afternoon, including […]

Mar 14, 2011

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 […]

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