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12/29/2008
source - MTA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
Jawauna Greene                                                           Cheron Victoria Wicker
Office: (410) 767-3936                                                  Office: 410-767-3936
Cellular: 443-392-2983                                                Cellular: 443-386-8605

MTA Announces Commuter Service Modifications and Reductions
Public hearings result in some changes to proposal to reduce MARC Train and Commuter Bus services

(Baltimore, MD) December 29, 2020 – The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) today announced service changes, effective January 12, 2009, for its Commuter Bus and MARC Train service. Several Commuter Bus lines and MARC Train trips with lower ridership will be eliminated, and service will not operate on and around federal holidays. A financial contribution from Howard County will allow reduced Commuter Bus service to continue on the 310 and 320 lines, and West Virginia MARC service will continue with the riders paying higher fares.

The commuter service reductions, the largest in MTA’s recent history, 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.

MTA held public hearings in the areas of the State affected by the service reductions, and modified the original proposal in response. "We appreciate the feedback from our customers. 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," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, MTA Administrator.

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.

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 #447 and 448), and mid-morning trains 410 and 412 will be combined and operate as Train #410 at 8:30 A.M.

2. MTA proposed eliminating Train #871 to Brunswick on Mondays through Thursdays, with service remaining on Fridays. This will be implemented as proposed.

3. MTA proposed terminating Train #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 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. 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 altered as follows:

1. MTA proposed eliminating all Columbia to Baltimore service on routes 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 the Route 310 and four round trips per day on the Route 320, reduced from the current schedule. Effective February 8, 2009, MTA’s 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 the Route 929 from Columbia to Washington. This will be implemented as proposed.

3. MTA proposed eliminating one round-trip on the Route 995 from Columbia to Washington. This will be implemented as proposed.

4. MTA proposed eliminating service on the Route 412 from Bel Air to Baltimore. This will be implemented as proposed.

5. MTA proposed eliminating one round trip each from Harford County to Baltimore on the 410, 411 and 420 routes. This will be implemented as proposed.

6. MTA proposed eliminating service on the Route 921 from Annapolis to 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. Additionally, the Route 901/650 expansion will be deferred and the current 901 trips that begin or terminate at Smallwood Village Center will be extended to serve the Blue Crabs Stadium.

For more information on MTA services, schedules and fares please call 410-539-5000 or 866-RIDE-MTA (TTY 410-539-3497) or visit www.mtamaryland.com.  To sign-up to receive emails about service modifications and delays, go to www.mtamaryland.com and click "Email Notification."

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