Transportation officials from Maryland and West Virginia continue to negotiate a new agreement for continued MARC train service into West Virginia.
Maryland Transportation Administration and West Virginia state officials remain in discussions over MARC train service into West Virginia for fiscal 2020, which began July 1. The previous agreement lapsed June 30. Service to West Virginia will be maintained on its current schedule while negotiations continue, MARC spokeswoman Brittany Marshall said in an email Monday.
MARC’s Brunswick Line has three stations in West Virginia, at Martinsburg, Duffields and Harpers Ferry. West Virginia ridership averages about 250 passengers per day each way, in both the mornings and the evenings.
Service into West Virginia costs the system more than $3.3 million per year.
“[Maryland Department of Transportation] MTA is confident an agreement will be made with West Virginia regarding future service,” Marshall wrote.