MARC Brunswick Line riders, take note: Your commutes could be significantly changing early next year.
The Maryland Transit Administration released on Thursday a proposed update to the Brunswick Line schedule. The new schedule, which you can find here, will alter when and where some trains originate and terminate.
The altered schedule is meant to reduce the times when a train must slow down to follow another train. The hope is that this would ease overcrowding on trains.
Some smaller stations will have fewer departures. There will also be more limited stop trains for West Virginia, Brunswick and Point of Rocks passengers.
Some big changes are in store for passengers heading to West Virginia: The last train heading to the Mountain State from Union Station will be train 881, which will depart at 6:15 p.m. and make limited stops before arriving in Martinsburg at 8:19 p.m.
Train 883, which currently arrives in Martinsburg at 9:14 p.m., would instead terminate at the Brunswick station. The change to train 883 comes in part because delays to that train mean that the crew won’t be able to work the next day.
Train 873, which currently leaves Union Station at 3:35 p.m. and terminates in Brunswick at 5:03 p.m., will be extended to Martinsburg. This train will leave Union Station at 3:30 and arrive at 5:38 p.m., providing an earlier afternoon option.
The new schedule could go into effect as of Jan. 30, 2012. It will not result in any fare increases, according to the transit authority.
Management from the Maryland Transit Administration and CSX Transportation rode Brunswick Line trains for several days earlier this year and documented the timing of the trains. The information gathered was used in revising the schedule, which also aims to better reflect the time it takes for passengers to board trains.
The transit authority wants your feedback, and there are several ways to give them your input. You could fill out the online survey or download and print a feedback form (which can be dropped off at most Brunswick Line stations). Riders can also e-mail email@example.com.
Or, if you’d rather deliver your thoughts in person, you could attend one of the Meet the MARC Management events scheduled over the next two months. MARC, MTA and CSX representatives will be present to hear from passengers. The schedule:
— December 5 – Rockville MARC station, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
— December 7 - Silver Spring MARC station, 3:30-6:15 p.m.
— December 8 – Monocacy MARC station, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
— December 13 – Washington Union Station, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
— December 14 - Brunswick MARC station, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
— December 15 – MARC Riders Advisory Council meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (Hall of States, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington DC)
— December 20 – Germantown MARC station, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
— January 3 - Brunswick Town Hall Meeting, VFW Hall in Brunswick, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
— January 4 - Barnesville MARC station, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
— January 5 - Kensington Town Hall Meeting, Kensington Town Hall, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
— Saturday, January 7 - West Virginia (location still to be determined in Charlestown), 1:00-4:00 p.m.