Access by train/transit:
MARC Commuter Trains
College Park, for those of you who are not from Maryland, is home to the
University of Maryland.
College Park is served by both a MARC and DC Metro station, and are the
closest the two lines get anywhere on the Camden Line, altho the MARC
station is nothing more than a couple of wooden platforms spread over the
Since the station is on CSX's Capitol sub-division, you might see a couple
of freights if you are waiting for a commuter train, or just hanging around
to take pictures.
Trains coming through here SB (towards DC) are heading west or south. They
would be heading west via the Metropolitan sub, going thru Point-of-Rocks
MD, Brunswick MD, and Harpers Ferry WV among others.
Just south of Riverdale (less than a mile) is Hyattsville. Hyattsville has
always been an important point for B&O/CSX trains, because it is where the
trains heading into Northern Virginia (NOVA) take off from the Capitol
Subdivision at "JD" Tower. If trains are heading south into Virginia, they
would take one of the legs of the wye to get on the Alexandria Extension,
and then take the Long Bridge over the Potomac River into NOVA and continue
on down to Richmond VA. From there they would continue south on former
Seaboard trackage into NC and further, or east into Newport News VA to
service the docks on the former C&O.
Going EB (or NB) thru here, they would be headed to Baltimore MD, Wilmington
DE, or Philadelphia PA, or points further north in NJ, NY, and MA.
There are about 20 freight trains a day going thru here.
If you are coming down I-95 from (say) Baltimore, take the I-95 exit onto
the DC Beltway going east. It's a little confusing, because I-95 does
not "go thru" DC, instead, they re-branded the east side of the DC Beltway
as I-95, in addition to kinda sometimes still calling I-495. Anyways,
go just one exit to the US Route 1 (Baltimore Ave) exit, exit 25B, and head
south into DC. Go about 3 miles, and take a left onto Calvert
Road. In a half a mile, the road will deadend at the CSX tracks, with
a post office on your right where you can park for a while.
If you are coming down from up north, it is easier on you to take I-95 than
the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
If you want to get to the other side of the tracks where there is a parking
garage, go south on Route 1 two miles to Campus Drive, and take a left.
It will bend around a little bit, and then go under the tracks. Take
an immediate right into the parking garage.
From either side, you can gain access to both the MARC station and the DC
If you're coming out from downtown DC, the choices are many according to
where you are, GPS would be your best friend.
If you're coming up from Virginia, I would go around the Beltway using
I-95/I-495, and get off at Baltimore Ave.
If you're coming in from the west, ie, I-66, I would take the Beltway north
at exit 64B, and go around the Beltway to Baltimore Ave.
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