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MARC Train Service in W.Va. Chugs On, But an Uncertain Future Lies Ahead

The MARC train's Brunswick Line parked at the Martinsburg Train Station. Photo taken in Apr. 2018.
Liz McCormick
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
The MARC train's Brunswick Line parked at the Martinsburg Train Station. Photo taken in Apr. 2018.

The MARC Train, or Maryland Area Regional Commuter, serves about 250 West Virginians who live in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

The train has been serving the area for more than 30 years, but Maryland has always paid the bills. West Virginia was only responsible for upkeep of its three West Virginia stations.

Recently, that changed.

For the last two years, Maryland has requested a little more than $3 million in funding – otherwise, they’d end the service into West Virginia.

Below is an extended version of this interview:

In 2018, the West Virginia Legislature secured $1.5 million, and Maryland accepted it. This year, lawmakers successfully put $1.1 million in the budget, but it’s unclear if Maryland will accept the offer.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with Del. Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, the House Majority Whip and member of the House Finance Committee, to discuss the future of MARC in West Virginia.


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