Changes To Your Commute: MARC Train Could End Service In West Virginia

August 21, 2019
MARC will end service in West Virginia if the state fails to pay $3.5 million.

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West Virginians may have a huge change in commute in the very near future.

Maryland is calling for the state to pay up for the six trains that routinely carry commuters from West Virginia into parts of Maryland and DC and back.

“(We) notified the West Virginia State Rail Authority, more than two years ago of a required payment for Fiscal Year 2020,”  Maryland Department of Transportation wrote in a statement. “The West Virginia State Legislature appropriated only $1.1 million for MARC Train service in FY20, $2.3 million less than the required payment.”

The price tag is $3.4 million for total maintenance of the current schedule, WTOP reports.

Maryland Department of Transportation will hold hearings next month to come to an agreement on a plan to potentially end the service of four of the current six trains that run between West Virginia and Union Station.

The first hearing will be held on September 7 in Charles Town West Virginia from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Charles Town Library, according to Fox 5.

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