Two MARC trains canceled
5 a.m. Update: Trains 878 and 892 are canceled, according to MARC.
The Metro option is available for Brunswick Line riders.
4:45 a.m. Update: MARC says it has received confirmation from CSX, which operates the Brunswick Line for MARC, that the following trains will operate: 874, 876 and 890.
Crews were still being sought for trains 872 and 894. Trains 878, 880 and 892 are likely to be canceled, MARC said.
Metro passengers may notice an increase in riders on the Red Line as MARC commuters use the subway as an alternate mode of transport.
Original post: The Maryland Transit Administration warned commuters in an e-mail alert Tuesday night that there may be cancellations in service on the Brunswick Line Wednesday morning because of the police investigation into a body near CSX tracks. The person was apparently struck by a train, authorities said.
Train traffic stopped shortly after 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when CSX received a report of a body near tracks between Kensington and Rockville Stations. Train service was suspended for about three hours, forcing passengers to seek alternate transport, including Metrorail and Montgomery County Ride On buses. MARC had announced earlier that Metro would honor MARC tickets on the Red Line due to morning delays that affected the Brunswick Line, which provides service between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.Va.
MARC officials said that because of the delays Tuesday night many train crews would not be able to take off the eight hours mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration between passenger trips.
The transit agency planned to provide updates by 4:30 a.m. on its Web site. However, commuters were being advised to make arrangements for a Plan B, including using Metrorail, Montgomery County's Ride On buses or MTA Commuter Bus 991.
Two weeks ago, MARC canceled several morning trains after the investigation of a man struck by a train caused delays and required crews to work late. Repercussions were even felt the following afternoon as one p.m. train was also canceled.
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