If you’re a MARC rider and you have qualms with the proposed changes to the Brunswick Line’s schedule, you have two opportunities over the next week to make those views known to MARC officials.
The MARC Riders Advisory Council meets Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Washington (Room 337 A/B of the Hall of the States building; 444 North Capitol St. NW). If you can’t make it Thursday, the next public meeting with MARC will be held at the Germantown MARC station (19311 Mateny Hill Rd.) on Dec. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The updated schedule, released this month, will change when and where some trains originate and terminate. Some smaller stations will see fewer departures, with particularly big changes looming for West Virginia riders.
The MARC Riders Advisory Council conducted a survey of West Virginia MARC riders last week on three westbound trains heading to the Mountain State. (The survey was only handed to riders who would be directly impacted by the West Virginia schedule changes, according to the council.) A majority of riders who participated in the survey supported keeping the current schedule.
The Maryland Transit Administration hopes to implement the new schedule Jan. 30.
If you can’t make it to either of the forums over the next week, there are several opportunities to meet with MARC, MTA and CSX representatives during the first week of January:
— Jan. 3 - Brunswick Town Hall Meeting, VFW Hall in Brunswick, 5-8 p.m.
— Jan. 4 - Barnesville MARC station, 4:30-7 p.m.
— Jan. 5 - Kensington Town Hall Meeting, Kensington Town Hall, 4-7 p.m.
— Jan. 7 - West Virginia (location still to be determined in Charlestown), 1-4 p.m.
If you can’t make it to any of these public events, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.