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City to Oppose MARC Train Service Cuts

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced on September 1, 2020, a range of proposed service reductions in response to decreases in transportation revenue because of COVID-19. According to MDOT, the proposal would affect approximately 3.6% of riders and would go into effect on January 3, 2021.

In late August, MARC passenger volume was still down 55% compared to a year earlier. The College Park and Greenbelt stations are served by MARC line services. The federal CARES Act funding that has enabled MDOT to maintain services will likely be fully expended in September 2020. The following Camden line MARC services are proposed to be discontinued: Eastbound from Union Station: Trains 844 (morning) and 848 (afternoon) and Westbound from Dorsey Station: Train 855 (afternoon).

The Maryland Transit Authority will hold 10 virtual public hearings for Local Bus between October 5 and October 16 about the proposed changes as part of a 30-day public review and comment period that ends November 15.

MARC and Commuter Bus public hearings and effective dates will be announced this fall. At this week’s meeting, the Council will consider sending a letter to MDOT on behalf of the City expressing opposition to the proposed MARC service cuts.

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