Commuters Rail Against MARC Over Delays
Riders of the train service sounded off following storm-related delays on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Riders of the MARC Penn Line were not a happy bunch earlier this week, after bad weather led to signal problems and long delays in and out of Washington, DC.
The trouble started Tuesday night with trains during the evening rush. Riders said it took them as long as three hours to get home to Odenton from Union Station. There were similar delays heading into work on Wednesday morning, as crews continued to work on repairing signal problems.
Riders sounded off against MARC on Odenton-Severn Patch and its Facebook Page.
"If my husband told you about his commute-he would lose his [Facebook] account.....he's not a happy camper right now," said Cindy Goldsmith on the Odenton-Severn Patch Facebook page.
Goldsmith said took her husband 3 hours and 30 minutes to get home from Arlington.
Similarly, Bill Thomas said on Facebook that it also took him 3-and-half hours to get home Tuesday.
"This morning, delayed train passed Odenton without taking on passengers," Thomas said. "Just received notice that a train broke down between Odenton and Bowie. TOTAL SNAFU. Tired of excuses, MTA."
Michael Wallace said he's been riding MARC for five years, but never experienced anything as bad as Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
"Something has to be done, this isn't the 1920's," he said. "Everything about the commute last night and this morning was terrible, worst I've had in the 5 years I have been taking the MARC, all over a thunder storm?"
Riders said they tried to entertain themselves using their laptops or cell phones, but after a while became fearful of running too low on battery.
A rider identifying himself as Chris W took time to complain about MARC while waiting on the train Wednesday morning.
"Sitting motionless on the tracks as I type this," he said. "Looks like It will be two hours this morning. MARC is completely dysfunctional. One problem always snowballs into several others."
For its part, MARC apologized to riders and said senior managers would speak with Amtrak to see how such delays could be avoided in the future.
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