MARC trains will stop more often in Montgomery County under a new proposal by the state transit administration.
The Maryland Transit Administration, which oversees the commuter rail service, proposed to cut back service at smaller stations in Montgomery County in December, but dropped the idea after riders complained, according to the agency. The proposal, released Tuesday, restores a stop in Gaithersburg and adds stops in Kensington, Boyds, Washington Grove and Barnesville.
The schedule change is meant to make the line more efficient, MTA spokesman Terry Owens said.
Among the changes, Train 877 — an afternoon train — will no longer operate to its three stops in West Virginia under the plan. Replacing it will be Train 875, departing from Washington at 4:15 p.m. each weekday and ending at 6:26 p.m. in Martinsburg, 24 minutes earlier than Train 877 does now.
The trains cannot run with more frequency because CSX Transportation has not agreed to do so and because of the added cost, Owens said. CSX owns Brunswick Line tracks and operates freight on it.
MTA will hold a town hall meeting in Montgomery County on the proposed changes on May 22 in Rockville at the County Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. at 5:30 p.m. There will also be meetings held in Frederick and Charles Town, W. Va.
MTA's website states that it will not set a date for the changes to become effective until after the hearings.
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