Maryland Board of Public Works awarded a $204,686,938-contract to Bombardier Transportation for the operations and maintenance of the Maryland Transit Administration's (MTA) MARC Train Camden and Brunswick lines. The award will be spread over a five-year, eight-month contract term. The contract also includes a five-year renewal option, valued at $205,000,000.
“This new contract reflects our continuing commitment to transit in Maryland,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. “We have identified a quality company with a wealth of experience in operating commuter rail service. Together, with our recent MARC investments, including new locomotives, new passenger cars, station improvements and safety enhancements, the MARC system is in better condition today than at any time in its history.”
This contract is for the operation of passenger railroad service and will replace a contract currently in place with CSX Transportation. After three decades of service, CSX has expressed its desire to focus on its core business, the movement of freight and end its involvement in passenger rail operations. The contract provides both for the operation of the service and maintenance of equipment, facilities and rights-of-way used in providing the service along the Camden and Brunswick lines. MTA maintains ownership of the rail cars and locomotives. CSX Transportation retains ownership of the rails.