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Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Michael Dresser, from the Baltimore Sun, has done some great sleuthing this week. First, we learned about about Robert Ehrlich’s intentions to scrap the Red and Purple Line if elected.  Dresser reported that, in a small business round table discussion in Montgomery County, Ehrlich explained that he planned to forgo planned light rail projects and instead spend money on the MARC commuter rail system.

Then, according to a post by Dresser today, “that got me to wondering about the relative levels of spending on MARC during the first Ehrlich term and the O’Malley years.”  -And what he discovered is indeed interesting.  In Ehrlich’s four years as Governor of Maryland he spent roughly half of what O’Malley will have spent on the MARC commuter rail system during his term in office.  For the post, CLICK HERE.

On a related note, Dresser also reported today that ridership on the MARC has set a new record.  “The Maryland Transit Administration says the commuter rail line recorded a new high in daily ridership in April with an average of 34,617 boardings a day — up 4.2 percent from the same month last year.”

The positive ridership report has many asking, -Isn’t it time to reinstate weekend communter rail service to the MARC train? -And who can really be relied upon to keep up the success of our commuter systems?


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