W.Va. May Lose Some Passenger Service

West Virginia is expected to lose some rail passenger service because the money appropriated by the state legislature may not be enough to maintain the existing service.

The West Virginia cities of Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry and Duffields are served by three weekday roundtrips operated by Maryland Area Regional Commuter.

The trains operate between Martinsburg and Washington.

The legislature approved $1.1 million for the 2020 fiscal year, but MARC had demanded $3.2 million to maintain service at its existing level.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Byrd White said Maryland Transportation Pete Rahn has indicated that at $1.1 million MARC could only afford to provide one round trip a day, going east in the morning and west in the evening.

The West Virginia legislature appropriated $1.5 million for MARC service in FY2019.

A memorandum of understanding between West Virginia and Maryland expired on July 7, but it is unlikely that service would be curtailed until fall due to the need to provide public notice and hold public hearings before service is cut.

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