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June 10, 2009

MTA officials to meet MARC passengers

Managers from the Maryland Transit Administration will be at the West Baltimore MARC station from 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to meet with Penn Line passengers if weather permits.

After what  happened Monday, that's pretty brave of them. (A whole lot of people were left sweltering aboard a stalled train.)


Posted by Michael Dresser at 4:56 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: MARC train


Brave? Hardly.

These are bureaucrats - they'll listen to riders vent, toss out the canned apologies and responses, blame Amtrak, etc., etc. In the end, nothing will really change because they aren't really held accountable for anything and suffer no repercussions when things go awry.

I wonder if they'll consider making commuter train service more cost efficient, if they're really serious about people finding affordable housing here and working in D.C.

Brave considering the fiasco on Monday?? HARDLY!!!

MARC Train #530, the one that was a disabled hell-box on Monday, does not stop - REPEAT: DOES NOT STOP - at the West Baltimore station.

That's not to say they won't get an earful from riders, but my goodness, if they wanted to hear from riders on Train #530, they'd have decided to meet them at New Carrollton, Seabrook, Bowie State Univeristy, Odenton, Penn Sta-Baltimore, Martin State Airport, Edgewood, Aberdeen, or Perryville.

@ Chris - I doubt it. Uncle Sam just jumped the amount of tax free money that can be used to pay for commutes on public transit. For Fed'l employees, and there are many on MARC, this means that the tax-free transit benefit has increased to a maximum of $230/mo (up from $120/mo). This covers most, if not all, of the costs associated with ridership for folks getting these benefits.

You know, come to think of it, I now wouldn't be shocked in the least to hear that MARC is considering raising ticket costs....

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Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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