MTA cuts service, keeps 10:05 train from Washington

December 31, 2008|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,

The Maryland Transit Administration will keep one of its late-night MARC trains but carry out several other proposed service cuts as it adjusts to shrinking revenues, the agency announced yesterday.

MARC riders will keep the option of staying late in Washington and catching a 10:05 p.m. Penn Line train to Baltimore, which had been proposed for elimination last fall. But after outcry by MARC riders and members of the Baltimore City Council, the MTA decided to keep that train. Another departing Washington at 11 p.m. will be canceled as proposed.

MTA Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld said the agency had modified its budget-cutting plan in response to public feedback. "While we understand that in some cases the service reductions will be inconvenient and painful, we were able to minimize the number of customers affected," he said.

FOR THE RECORD - The Maryland Transit Administration said yesterday that in preserving a late-evening MARC train from Washington to Baltimore, it has changed the departure time. As of Jan. 12, the Penn Line train will leave Washington's Union Station at 10:30 each weekday evening, not 10:05 p.m. as reported in yesterday's editions.

Most of the cuts the MTA proposed will take effect Jan. 12. They include eliminating shuttle bus service between the Odenton and Laurel MARC stations and discontinuing the sale of 10-trip tickets.

Cuts will also be felt on the Brunswick Line serving Western Maryland, where one evening train will be eliminated Monday through Thursday. Under an agreement with West Virginia officials, the MTA agreed to continue one of its trains to Martinsburg rather than terminate at Brunswick. Fares will increase $2 per trip for West Virginia riders.

MARC will cut some commuter bus lines, including the elimination of Route 921 from Annapolis to the New Carrollton Metro and Route 412 from Bel Air to Baltimore. Other Harford routes will make fewer runs, as proposed.

As previously announced, Howard County will retain some of the bus service the MTA had proposed to eliminate after county officials agreed to make a financial contribution to keep Routes 310 and 320.

As of Feb. 8, Route 150 between downtown Baltimore and Ellicott City will be extended from Long Gate to Columbia Mall.

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