I looked around the branch early last month, parked my car by the bridge over Mission Road and climbed up the embankment for a look. In past years CSX seems to have kept the right-of-way clear of brush up to Oakland Mills Road, but during this visit it was clear that Mother Nature is being allowed to close in. Trees are leaning over the tracks, brush and vines are starting to cover the rails, and here and there small trees are sprouting up between the rails. I've read nothing about MARC having any intention to use the branch for commuter service but it does seem to serve CSX by being available for car storage when needed. Google Earth shows cars on the line as late as November 2011 but I know of no use of the line since then.