Governor Justice, Secretary Smith Announce MARC Train Continuing Service to Eastern Panhandle
CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Jim Justice and Transportation Secretary Tom Smith are pleased to announce that HB 4389, which provides $1.5 million of funding to continue the Eastern Panhandle’s MARC Train service for this year, has been signed by the Governor and an offer has been accepted by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
“I am proud we are able to continue the MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle to the Metro Washington, DC area,” Gov. Justice said. "I am equally proud that we did it without any fare increases for our commuters. The commuter service is not only good for residents’ quality of life in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, but also good for the economy and tourism for the panhandle region and the entire state.”
“It’s wonderful when partnerships and teamwork come together and succeed,” said Secretary Smith. “Once again, Governor Justice showed his leadership and ability to get things done, and the great work of Senator Craig Blair, Delegates Riley Moore, Jill Upson, and others in the eastern panhandle area, and State Auditor JB McCuskey, made sure funding was identified and secured. That team effort, when supported by local stakeholders like the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle MPO and Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority, really demonstrates what we can accomplish when we work together. I also appreciate my friend and counterpart in Maryland, Secretary Pete Rahn, for working with us to find solutions that are beneficial to both states.”
Butch Antolini, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov