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BWI Station Area Improvements

Maryland Department of Transportation

BWI Station Area Improvements

Preliminary Engineering

Cost Estimate: $9.4 million


The BWI Airport rail station has the fourth highest ridership for MARC commuter rail and the 15th highest on the entire Amtrak Northeast Corridor. Despite being a gateway to multimodal transportation options and having a high projected ridership growth, the station building is almost 30 years old and has inadequate waiting, ticketing, and concession areas. There are three tracks through the station, but only two have platforms. 


Given the high level of traffic through the BWI area, a fourth track is needed and the station needs to be reconfigured to accommodate additional ridership. MARC’s Growth and Investment Plan calls for a tripling of trains by 2035, and Amtrak predicts a 44% increase in trains in this area.


Initial engineering work is expected to be completed by September 2012.

"The upgrade of the BWI MARC/Amtrak Station is a critical component of our MARC Growth and Investment Plan. The additional tracks, platforms, and new rail station building are essential to improving customer service and increasing our ability to move Marylanders more efficiently by rail and motivate them to get out of their cars and use transit instead.”

-          Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley

Additional Info:
Link to Project
News Release on Project

Contact: Nicole Katsikides, Director, Office of Freight and Multimodalism, Maryland Department of Transportation, 410-865-1225,

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