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Baltimore Penn Station Investment and Development Program

Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Maryland Transit Administration (MTA/MARC)
  • City of Baltimore
  • Central Baltimore Partnership

Project Benefits

  • Increased Capacity
  • Customer Experience
  • Connectivity
  • Environmental Impact
  • Safety
  • Economic Development
StationStation

Project Status

Planning

Available Funding

$5 M

Baltimore Penn Station is a major multimodal transportation hub serv­ing the greater Baltimore region and is a vital link along the busy Northeast Corridor. With its classic Beaux-Arts architecture, the his­toric station was built in 1911 and anchors the Charles North Dis­trict in Baltimore City. As the 8th busiest station in Amtrak’s national system, Penn Station serves Amtrak’s high speed Acela Express, Northeast Regional and long-distance train services. In addition, the commuter operations of MARC’s Penn Line, the city’s light rail and bus service can all be accessed via the station.

As a vital transportation gateway and treasured community asset, Amtrak is committed to the continuous improvement of Baltimore Penn Station. Amtrak is seeking a public-private partnership to redevelop/expand the station facility and Amtrak’s adjacent land parcels. The goal of this Master Development is to generate additional investment capital for station infrastructure needs, as well as serve as an economic catalyst for the city.

While the selection process for a Master Developer advances, Amtrak continues to dedicate significant resources to improve station conditions, customer amenities, and track infrastructure in the near-term. Over the past five years, Amtrak, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), the City of Baltimore, and neighborhood partners have invested nearly $20 million in improvements. Recent investments include a new $1.2 million generator system, which is capable of providing emergency backup power for weeks at a time, to maintain critical station services in the event of a power failure. Design was also recently completed to replace the station's roofing and drainage systems, with construction anticipated in early 2018. 

Stakeholder coordination for station events and programming continues in 2016 to ensure Penn Station remains a community asset for public engagement.