MTA Administrator Ralign Wells said, "We are really proud of the strides being made at MARC. The improved on-time performance reflects Governor Martin O'Malley's investment in new diesel locomotives, as well as schedule adjustments, track improvements and our commitment to better coordination with our contractors at AMTRAK and CSX. The mild winter also played a role. These numbers reflect the kind of service we strive to deliver on a daily basis."
The heavily used Penn Line, which carries more than 21,000 of MARC's 32,000 daily passengers, led the way in improved service. Penn Line customers benefited from an OTP of 97 percent for the month of February and a 96 percent OTP number year to date. There were only seven trains that performed below 95 percent for the month and no trains below 80 percent. During the same time period in 2011, the Penn Line showed a 93 percent OTP number for the month of February.
Brunswick Line trains reported 95 percent OTP for February 2012 and 94 percent OTP year to date.
A record low five trains were below 95 percent OTP for the month. During February of 2011, OTP on the Brunswick Line was 89 percent with year to date performance of 88 percent. In addition, 13 trains on the Brunswick reported an OTP below 95 percent last February.
The Camden Line numbers are equally encouraging. Its' on-time performance hit 96 percent for the month of February with year-to-date performance at 97 percent. Only two trains on the Camden Line performed below 95 percent for the entire month. That compares to a 91 percent OTP for the same time period in 2011, and a year-to-date of 92percent. Eleven trains were below 95 percent for the month in 2011.