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With some adjustments to previously announced changes, MARC trains on the Brunswick Line are now on a new schedule.

The newest proposed schedule is the third set of revisions to the lineís schedule in the past year, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

The line operates between Union Station, in Washington, D.C., and Martinsburg, W.Va.

Most of the changes that went into effect Monday were announced in April after the commuter rail service dropped a proposal to cut back service at smaller stations, after riders complained.

The schedule will restore a stop in Gaithersburg and add stops in Boyds, Washington Grove, Barnesville and Kensington, to improve service.

One of the most significant changes announced was for Train 877, an afternoon train, which no longer will operate at the last three stops in West Virginia. Train 875, an earlier train, will replace it.

A complete schedule can be found at www.mta.maryland.gov.

The newest schedule has trains leaving from Brunswick and Frederick 10 minutes earlier, at 4:50 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. respectively. The proposed 6 a.m. morning departure from Martinsburg also will be shifted, from 6 a.m. to 5 a.m.

The current 4:25 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. departures from Washington, previously set to be adjusted, now will be maintained.

After 90 to 120 days of operation, the MTA will make more schedules adjustments, if necessary.

Changes also are expected for MARCís Camden Line this year.

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