MARC riders still angry
Update 5:45p.m.: MARC trains 535, 877, and 848, and VRE train 309 are all late this evening due to equipment problems.
Original post: Seventy of the 900 passengers who were stranded on a MARC train that broke down Monday evening without air conditioning have signed a petition because they were "concerned and disgruntled" with how the incident was handled, said Calvin Spears, a passenger who collected the signatures.
Spears, a government worker from York, Pa., said he circulated the petition in his sweltering rail car of train 538 as it sat broken down for more than two hours near New Carrollton. He said he "started to feel woozy" from the heat and decided to collect the signatures after fellow passengers started to discuss how they were
"concerned for their safety."
Spears said he faxed the signatures to the Maryland Transit Administration on Wednesday.
"We didn't just want to be forgotten," he said.
Ten people were treated for heat-related symptoms, including three who were taken to a local hospital, officials said. MARC service has been plagued with heat-related problems since the incident.
-- Katherine Shaver
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