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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Transit group seeks MARC changes

By Washington Post Editors

Transit advocates are seeking an overhaul to the commuter train service offered by the Maryland Transit Administration from Washington to Frederick and Brunswick, Md.

The Action Committee for Transit said it is going to distribute leaflets at several locations urging the MTA to establish all-day Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service between Union Station and the destinations. ACT pointed to improvements outlined in the MARC Growth and Investment Plan four years ago.

"MARC is a great way to commute if your schedule fits the MARC schedule," ACT Vice President Miriam Schoenbaum, of Boyds, said in a statement. "But right now the trains only go one way for a few hours in the morning, and the other way for a few hours in the afternoon. It could do a lot more if it ran all day both ways."

ACT suggested that the changes could be funded in part by allocating gas tax revenue to MARC improvements. The Maryland General Assembly is considering an increase in the tax to help fund transportation projects. A recent study said Maryland's transportation infrastructure is deteriorating and in need of extensive repair and upgrades.

MTA officials announced a revamp to the Penn Line earlier this month and said they were in talks with CSX, which operates the Brunswick and Camden lines, about possible schedule changes. The Brunswick Line runs between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.Va. The Camden Line runs between Washington and Baltimore, and the Penn Line primarily operates between Union Station and Baltimore's Penn Station, although some trains run to Perryville.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  MARC, Maryland  | Tags:  MARC, MARC Brunswick Line  
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Yes please! Also, instituting service from Frederick to Baltimore would result in not only world class service, but would drastically improve the property values within the triangle.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 28, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

And I want a pony.

In the current funding environment, meaningful expansion of service is a pipe dream. It's more important to shield the top 1% from taxes.

Posted by: dal20402 | February 28, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Frederick to Baltimore is a pipe dream with a majority of the Old Main Line being a single track.

Posted by: Mainland | March 1, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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