MARC: The good, the bad and the ugly
MARC riders are reporting it was a rough morning on both the Penn and Camden lines, with breakdowns, delays, slow trains and missed communication -- par for the course.
But here's some man-bites-dog good news. Here we have a Maryland agency saying it intends to keep doing its job even in the snow. Amazing. Here's the announcement from the MARC web site:
MARC Train will operate full service on Friday, January 7, 2011. Given the forecast for light snow showers, please keep the following safety tips in mind to ensure that you get to work safely. 1) Wear sturdy footwear--we strongly discourage heels, men's dress shoes, and other footwear with limited tread and stability. 2) Roads, especially local and lightly-traveled roads will be very slick. Please drive carefully. 3) Arrive at least 15 minutes before train departure to allow extra time to park your car, WALK to the station or platform, and board your train. 4) NEVER run or walk fast on icy and snow covered platforms. Thank you for riding the MARC Train Service.
But there's also some ugly to go along with it:
MARC Tracker Problems--The company that services the MARC Tracker system is having server problems which affects the operation of the system. A new computer has been ordered and will be installed by Friday. For this week (January 3-7), it is likely that the system will display incorrect or outdated information. Email updates will be sent about delays as they occur. Click here to sign up for email alerts and updates. MARC Train regrets this inconvenience and appreciates your patience.