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MARC Lines Delayed, Expected To Be Restored Friday

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By Sam Greeenspan

MARC train riders may have experienced some delays Thursday, but at Baltimore's Penn Station, the commute wasn't the only source of some riders' frustration. The biggest hassle wasn't getting there -- it was getting there and finding out that it was all for nothing.

"I stayed in Baltimore last night because of the snow. I figured it'd be easier to get here from two blocks away from the courthouse than getting down here this morning," says Greg, from Perryville, Md.

Greg withheld his last name because he's serving on a jury in Baltimore.

"Since courts are closed, I'm trying to get back home...tomorrow I'll probably drive," he says.

The Brunswick and Camden lines were completely snowed out Thursday, though the Penn line is operating under a limited schedule. The MTA has been able to keep the Penn line running because of a robust winter weather plan that includes vehicle inspections, hiring snow-removal contractors and deploying more snowplows and salt trucks along the rails.

The MTA expects a full recovery of all of their services by Friday.

"Full MARC services and schedules will be restored on the Penn, Camden and Brunswick lines tomorrow morning," says MTA spokesman David Clark.

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