MTA warns MARC passengers on drinking
Unlike travelers on the Maryland Transit Administration's other services, riders on the MARC commuter trains have long enjoyed the privilege of consuming adult beverages while aboard.
There's apparently no move afoot to ban that practice, which has been allowed as long as the state has been running MARC trains, but there has been enough bad behavior that MARC director John Hovatter recently sent out a warning to riders not to abuse the MTA's hospitality.
MTA spokesman Terry Owens said he knows of no incidents that have resulted in a arrest, but he said the agency has heard enough complaints from crew members and passengers that Hovatter issued the following warning:
Alcohol Consumption Onboard MARC Trains
While consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted on MARC trains,
passengers are reminded that this must be done responsibly. We have
seen an increase in the number of complaints about alcohol consumption
on trains and disruptive behavior that has included loud talking, profanity,
and in some cases, physical altercations that has been associated
Consumption of alcohol on MARC trains is a privilege, not a right. The
MARC Train Service reserves the right to restrict alcohol consumption
if passenger behavior is not appropriate and remove from the train those
individuals that fail to abide by MARC rules and guidelines. This includes
the use of profanity, refusal to follow instructions from conductors, and
intimidation or threats to other passengers. Passengers are also reminded
that drinking and driving do not mix--MTA, State and local law enforcement
will enforce drunken driving laws.
We value you as customers and thank you for helping us maintain a safe
and pleasant atmosphere on board our trains.
Director, MARC Train Service
So what do you think, MARC riders? Is the boozing getting out of hand? Is the MTA overreacting? Do you enjoy having a cold one aboard the train after a long, hard day at the office? Drop Getting There a line.