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MARC Trains To Start Weekend Service In December

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Starting in December, MARC trains will run on the weekends for the first time in their history.

As of December 7, the MARC Penn Line from Penn Station in Baltimore to Union Station in D.C. will run nine round trips on Saturdays and six round trips on Sundays.

Governor Martin O'Malley made the announcement in Baltimore as he continues to tour the state, touting projects and service upgrades that will be paid for in part from money raised from increasing gasoline taxes in the state. Those hikes started earlier this summer.

Other funding announced by the governor includes almost $700 million for the Baltimore's Red Line, a light-rail transit line that would run east to west through the city. If necessary federal funding for the project is also secured, the Red Line could open at the start of the next decade, which is the same time frame the Purple Line in the D.C. suburbs could be finished if it also receives federal money.

Supporters of the gas tax hikes in the General Assembly touted the need for both projects in their successful push to get the increases passed this year.

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