MARC, commuter buses to run during shutdown
If the federal government shuts down because of the current budget impasses, as seems increasingly likely, MARC and commuter bus service will continue on a normal schedule -- at least at first.
The Maryland Transit Administration says that if ridership levels plummet, it might decide to reduce service. But transit riders who work for non-government employers in Washington -- as well as reverse commuters -- apparently will not be forced into cars because of a shutdown.
The MTA also announced refund policies for government workers who might have to stay home for a spell. Here's the MTA message:
If the government does shut down, all MARC Train and Commuter Bus service will operate as scheduled. In the event of a prolonged shutdown, MTA management will review ridership levels and may consider operating reduced service.
Please also note that in the event of a government shutdown, monthly and weekly ticket refund policies will be in effect for MARC passengers:
--One-way tickets are non-refundable.
--Weekly tickets are refundable if returned no later than 11:59pm the Friday prior to the effective week.
--Monthly tickets are refundable, based on calendar days, as follows: Prior to effective month - 100%, Days 1 thru 5 - 75%, Days 6 thru 10 - 50%, after Day 11 – no refund.