Top officials to meet MARC riders
Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley and Maryland Transit Administration chief Ralign T. Wells are scheduled to meet Wednesday with members of the MARC Riders Advisory Council in Washington -- a little more than a week after the infamous "hell train" incident left almost 1,000 passengers stranded on the tracks near Cheverly for two hour in sweltering heat.
The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in Room 337 of the Hall of the States Building, 400 N. Capitol St., near Union Station.
Council Chairman Rafi Guroian said the group had invited Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is sending Swaim-Staley to represent him. Guroian said council members plan to press Swaim-Staley to clarify concerns about what happened last week and to address ways MARC can better communicate with riders. Guroian said Amtrak President Joseph Boardman is also expected to attend the meeting, which will be open to the public.
"The meeting will likely be quite lively, given the cast of characters that will be there and some of the first-hand experiences many of our members had on that train," Guroian wrote.
Swaim-Staley and Wells have been regular riders on MARC since last weeks incident and were on board Train 538 Monday night when it skipped its stop at the Odenton station.
MARC service became an issue in this year's gubernatorial race when former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. issued a statement last week criticizing O'Malley's appointees, Swaim-Staley and Wells, for not having met with the advisory council since taking their posts last year.