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              TRANSPORTATION
Central Maryland is strategically located in the mid-Atlantic region and home to an international airport, rail systems and major roads that make traveling both easy and convenient. Commuters can seamlessly travel to downtown Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in addition to other points north and south. New environmental
initiatives, such as “green” locomotives, hybrid MTA buses and electric Amtrak rail systems, help make mass transit safer for the surrounding community.
           BY AIR
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) (bwiairport.com), located in Anne Arundel County near Glen Burnie, is the busiest of the three major airports serving the Baltimore-Washington region. A critical international gateway, the impressive five-concourse airport
is 9 miles south of Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington. BWI frequently receives accolades for its customer service and accessibility. The airport offers more than 650 flights daily to more than 70 domestic destinations and has a separate international concourse as well.
BY RAIL
The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service (mta.maryland.gov/marc-train) operates
two lines between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.’s Union Station that serve West Anne Arundel County. The Penn Line originates at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Station, about a mile and a half north of downtown. The Camden Line operates out of Camden Station, near Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor. The Penn Line also offers weekend service, making it a great option for sightseeing trips to Washington or Baltimore.
The Baltimore Light Rail
(mta.maryland.gov/light-rail), which operates at street level and travels on bridges to cross several bodies of water, serves Baltimore and its suburbs. There are 33 station stops along the system, with vending machines and “barrier- free” transfers between rail and bus. Before boarding the Light Rail, you can purchase a ticket from the ticket vending machine or through the MTA website.
The network consists of a main north- south line that serves 28 of the system’s 33 stops; a spur in Baltimore City that connects a single stop (Penn Station) to the main line; and two branches at the south end that serve two stops each. The Light Rail also connects Baltimore’s Penn Station and BWI Airport.
The Light Rail operates weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 6 a.m. to midnight and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amtrak provides convenient rail access to the entire East Coast and has a stop at BWI and at New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Both stations offer Amtrak and MARC service. At
BWI, a free shuttle bus runs frequently between the rail station and the airport terminal, about a five-minute ride. Amtrak’s website (amtrak.com) contains information for Washington-area destinations and the full schedule for the Northeast Corridor.
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