Maryland Announces Transit Cuts
The Maryland Transit Administration today announced its final decision on service cuts to take effect on Jan. 12. These reductions in MARC train and commuter bus service were the subject of recent public hearings after the MTA said it had to limit the damage from declining revenue.
MARC trains and commuter buses will not operate on federal holidays and the Fridays after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This month, a reduced schedule has been in effect since Christmas and will continue through Friday.
-- The last round trip on the Penn Line, trains 447 and 448, will be eliminated. Mid-morning trains 410 and 412 from Washington to Baltimore will be combined and operate as train 410 at 8:30 a.m. (The MTA originally had proposed eliminating the last two evening round trip trains.)
-- Train 871 to Brunswick will be eliminated Mondays through Thursdays, but remain in service on Fridays. (That's what the MTA had proposed.)
-- Passengers traveling on the Brunswick Line to and from stations in West Virginia will pay a higher fare. Starting Feb. 1, passengers who purchase tickets to travel to and from Martinsburg, Duffields and Harpers Ferry will pay an extra $2 for a one-way ticket, $20 more for a weekly ticket and $80 more for a monthly ticket. (The MTA's original proposal was to terminate train 883 at Brunswick.)
-- Shuttle bus service between the Odenton and Laurel stations will be eliminated, as originally proposed.
-- The 10-trip ticket will be implemented as proposed. Riders can purchase 10-trip tickets until Jan. 9, and those tickets will remain valid until March 9.
-- Five round trips per day will operate on Route 310, and there will be four round trips a day on Route 320, a reduction from the current schedule. Starting Feb. 8, the 150 Express will be extended from Long Gate to Columbia Mall. (The MTA had proposed eliminating all service between Columbia and Baltimore on routes 310, 311 and 320, but the cutback was limited thanks to a contribution from Howard County.)
-- Saturday service and five off-peak trips on Route 929 between Columbia and Washington will be eliminated as proposed.
-- One round-trip on Route 995 from Columbia to Washington will be eliminated, as proposed.
-- Route 412 between Bel Air and Baltimore will be eliminated as proposed.
-- One round trip each from Harford County to Baltimore on Routes 410, 411 and 420 will be eliminated as proposed.
-- Route 921 between Annapolis and New Carrollton will be eliminated as proposed.
-- Route 913 from Waldorf to Suitland Metro station will be eliminated as proposed. But one round trip will be added to the Route 903.
-- The proposed expansion of Route 901/650 will be postponed and the Route 901 trips that begin or end at Smallwood Village Center will be extended to serve the Blue Crabs Stadium, starting Jan. 12.
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