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MARC cancels a p.m. train

Freight train kills man in Rockville

[This post has been updated]

12:40 p.m. Update: Brunswick Line Train 873, scheduled to leave Washington at 3:35 p.m., is canceled according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Officials said Train 891 will make all stops to Dickerson Station.

Metro is honoring MARC tickets today on the Red Line to help accommodate people affected by the cancellations.

Original post: The shutdown of the Brunswick Line for several hours Wednesday will have a ripple effect Thursday. The line closed after a CSX freight train struck and killed a man on the tracks in Rockville. The following MARC trains have been canceled for Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration:
-- Train 870 which departs Brunswick at 5 a.m. is canceled. (The next available train (872) departs at 5:38.
-- Train 892, which departs Frederick at 6:05 a.m.
-- Train 880, which departs Brunswick at 7:40 a.m.

Train 894, departing Frederick at 7:10 a.m., will have extra cars. 7:25 A.M. UPDATE: Train 894 is running 25 to 30 minutes late. 8:15 A.M. UPDATE: The train is running 30 minutes behind.

Train 878, departing Martinsburg at 6:30 a.m. will hold in Brunswick until 7:40. It normally departs Brunswick at 7:07. MTA officials said riders should expect "significant overcrowding."

State officials said Federal Railroad Administration rules require crews operating passenger trains to have eight hours off duty between trips. The delays on Wednesdays necessitated some crews working late, and despite the availability of some standby crews, CSX, which operates the Brunswick MARC line for Maryland, will be unable to staff at normal levels, officials said in a statement.

The MTA urged passengers to find alternate routes and warned that additional cancellations are possible for the morning commute. One option for Hagerstown and Monocacy riders is to take MTA Commuter Bus 991 to Shady Grove Station and ride Metro. Other riders may be able to use Montgomery County's Ride On bus service to Rockville or Silver Spring stations.

Metro will honor MARC tickets, officials said. Passengers on the Red Line may notice an increase in riders as people use the D.C. subway system as an alternate means of transportation today.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuter Rail, Commuting, MARC, Maryland  
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It is unfortunate that someone chose to take thier life on Wednesday. I am concerned about the reliability of the MARC train system though. It seems that the frequency of delays is becomming more common these days. With all the commotion about going green and getting away from the automobile, we really need a reliable alternative.

Posted by: From_Tucson | October 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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