Note: Effective April 2, MARC trains on the Camden Line will operate under a new schedule. Among the key changes: southbound/westbound times at the Riverdale station have been designated "L," meaning they may depart up to five minutes before the listed time. Below is a letter sent by Riverdale Park resident Dwight Holmes to the MTA regarding the changes.
To MARC Management:
I can be very succinct in my response to the newly announced Camden Line timetable. For anyone who uses Riverdale or Dorsey stations, this is not a timetable. This is a forecast—as in, “There’s an indeterminate possibility of the train departing on time at 7:29 a.m., and one must be prepared that it might depart as early as 7:24 a.m."
I appreciate that there must be pressure to improve your official on-time performance record. But don’t take it out on the residents of Riverdale and Dorsey. I assume the new “L” on the timetable is for “loser”—as in, “Your town is such a loser we can’t promise you we won’t leave you at the station by departing early. Our priorities lie elsewhere.”
This really is unacceptable. I hope you will reconsider and return to the standard type of train timetable that trains have been using for 150 years, with a time certain for each and every station. Thank you.
4716 Riverdale Rd.
Southbound/westbound trainsTrain Old schedule New schedule 841 5:56 a.m. L5:51 a.m. 845 7:06 a.m. L7:04 a.m. 847 7:36 a.m. L7:29 a.m. 851 9:04 a.m. L9:01 a.m. 855 6:05 p.m. L6:14 p.m. 857 7:00 p.m. L7:09 p.m.
Northbound/eastbound trainsTrain Old schedule New schedule 840 6:52 a.m. 6:42 a.m. 842 7:17 a.m. 7:10 a.m. 848 4:49 p.m. 4:53 p.m. 850 5:26 p.m. 5:38 p.m. 854 6:53 p.m. 7:03 p.m. 856 7:35 p.m. 7:55 p.m.
For more information, consult the MTA's FAQs on the changes.