Not that we think you should leave Baltimore for D.C. on weekends, but if you must, there's a new way get back and forth.
Starting Saturday, MARC trains will run between Baltimore and Washington for the first time ever, marking a significant expansion for the commuter rail line.
The Penn Line service will operate nine round trips on Saturdays and six round trips on Sunday, according to a press release from the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Penn Station departures begin at 7:35 a.m. and run until 9:15 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, Penn Station departures begin at 9:15 a.m. and run to 5:30 p.m.
One-way fares between the two cities will cost $7.
Stations served include: Martin State Airport, Penn Station, West Baltimore, Halethorpe, BWI, Odenton, Bowie, New Carrollton, and Union Station in Washington.
“This is something our customers have been clamoring for,” Robert Smith, head of the Maryland Transit Administration, told the Washington Post. He said MARC expects to pick up many of the 6,000 weekend riders currently using Amtrak between Washington and Baltimore.
More information can be found on the Maryland Transit Administration's website here.
(Alas, only folding bicycles are still allowed on MARC trains, including the new weekend service.)