Effective January 12, 2009, MTA will implement service reductions and modifications for MARC Train and Commuter Bus. These commuter service reductions were required in order for MTA to reduce its budget in response to dramatic declines in revenue to the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund. MTA’s administrative budget was also reduced in order to minimize the impact to customers.
To receive input on its proposal, MTA provided a public comment period that included public hearings throughout the affected service area in November. (To view transcripts of the testimony provided at the November public hearings, please click here.) After reviewing all comments, MTA has modified the original proposal. Click here for the new timetables.
Effective January 12, 2009, the following service modifications and reductions will take effect:
MARC Train and Commuter Bus services will not operate on federal holidays and the Fridays after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In 2008, a reduced schedule is operating the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, including January 2.
MARC Train service will be modified as follows:
1. MTA proposed eliminating the last two evening round trip trains on the Penn Line. Instead, MTA will eliminate only the last round trip, train Nos. 447 and 448. Mid-morning train Nos. 410 and 412 from Washington to Baltimore will be combined and operate as train No. 410 at 8:30 A.M.
2. MTA proposed eliminating train No. 871 to Brunswick on Mondays through Thursdays, with service remaining on Fridays. This will be implemented as proposed.
3. MTA proposed terminating train No. 883 at Brunswick rather than continuing operations to Harpers Ferry, Duffields, and Martinsburg, West Virginia. MTA worked with representatives of the State of West Virginia to reach an agreement under which passengers traveling to and from stations in West Virginia will pay a higher fare. Effective February 1, 2009, passengers who purchase tickets to travel to and from Martinsburg, Duffields and Harpers Ferry will pay an additional $2 for a one-way ticket, $20 more for a weekly ticket and $80 more for a monthly ticket.
4. MTA proposed eliminating shuttle bus service between the Odenton and Laurel MARC stations. This will be implemented as proposed.
5. MTA proposed eliminating the use of the ten-trip ticket on MARC Train Service. This will be implemented as proposed. Riders can still purchase ten-trip tickets until January 9, 2009; those tickets will remain valid until March 9, 2009.
Commuter Bus service will be modified as follows:
1. MTA proposed eliminating all service between Columbia and Baltimore on route Nos. 310, 311 and 320. With a financial contribution from Howard County, MTA will not eliminate the service as proposed but will instead operate five round trips per day on route No. 310 and four round trips per day on route No. 320, reduced from the current schedule. Effective February 8, 2009, MTA’s No. 150 Express will be extended from Long Gate to Columbia Mall to provide an additional option for customers.
2. MTA proposed eliminating Saturday service and five off-peak trips on route No. 929 between Columbia and Washington. This will be implemented as proposed.
3. MTA proposed eliminating one round-trip on route No. 995 from Columbia to Washington. This will be implemented as proposed.
4. MTA proposed eliminating service on the route No. 412 between Bel Air and Baltimore. This will be implemented as proposed.
5. MTA proposed eliminating one round trip each from Harford County to Baltimore on route Nos. 410, 411 and 420. This will be implemented as proposed.
6. MTA proposed eliminating service on route No. 921 between Annapolis and New Carrollton. This will be implemented as proposed.
7. MTA proposed eliminating service on the Route 913 from Waldorf to Suitland Metrorail Station. This will be implemented as proposed. However, to compensate for the loss of this service, MTA add one round trip to the Route 903.
8. The proposed route No. 901/650 expansion will be deferred and the current No. 901 trips that begin or terminate at Smallwood Village Center will be extended to serve the Blue Crabs Stadium, effective January 12, 2009.
Click here for the new timetables.