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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Metro to honor MARC tickets

By Washington Post Editors

Metro will honor MARC train tickets for the Brunswick Line Wednesday afternoon due to the morning problems on the Maryland commuter rail service, state officials said.

Passengers were afflicted with delays, crowding and cancellations, mostly due to a disabled freight train blocking entry to the main tracks in Frederick.

Customers should show their MARC tickets to station managers for access.

The Brunswick Line carries passengers between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.€ŠVa.

Officials with the Maryland Transit Administration said the problem with the freight train occurred before MARC service began Wednesday, when a CSX freight train broke down on a single-track portion of the Frederick Line, blocking an area known as "Frederick Junction." The Frederick Line separate from the Brunswick-Baltimore freight line at that location. Repair crews had to be brought in from Baltimore.

The problem was complicated by the engineer and conductor on the freight train having exceeded their federally allowed 12-hour work limit, and a new crew was not immediately available, officials said.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 9, 2011; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  MARC, Maryland, Metro  
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