MARC fuels record transit ridership in Md.

Transportation,Kytja Weir


A surge in MARC commuter train ridership has fueled a record number of trips taken in February at the Maryland Transit Administration.

The state's public transit systems provided 414,867 trips last month on commuter trains, buses plus the light rail and subway systems in Baltimore, topping the high from September 2008 of 411,785.

Ridership on MARC averaged 35,210 per weekday, 6.1 percent over the same month last year. The Camden Line showed the biggest increase of 7.9 percent as drivers nationwide saw rising gas prices eat into their pay.

MARC's previous record was only set in November, according to the administration.

Yet the continung rise comes even as federal transit benefits were slashed by more than $100 a month, from a maximum of $230 to $125 starting on Jan. 1.

Virginia Railway Express, the comparable Virginia commuter train service, also has boasted record ridership in the past year.



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