Participating in this morning's State House meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Legislators were Senator Don Cookman as well as Delegates Larry D. Kump, Mike Folk, Larry Faircloth, Steven Skinner, Paul Espinosa, Ruth Rowan, Daryl Cowles, Eric Householder, and John Overington.
The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train legislation (SB 103, HB 2879) was reported on by the Reverend J. Charles Riecks, National Association of Railroad Passengers spokesperson.
He reported that MARC has been serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia since 1983, but West Virginia never has had a voice in its operation.
SB 103 and HB 2879 would allow West Virginia to enter into an Interstate Compact agreement with Maryland and give West Virginia a voice on behalf of the Mountaineer commuters who use MARC to travel to and from their jobs.
Approximately 450-500 West Virginia commuters board the MARC trains in West Virginia (not counting the additional West Virginians who board the MARC train in Brunswick, Maryland to catch the much earlier MARC train to Washington, D. C.).
Mr. Riecks suggested that, with MARC service to West Virginia, West Virginia would have to create additional road and bridge capacity for the increased automobile traffic.
Both SB 103 and HB 2879 are pending consideration by the Finance committees in the House of Delegates and the Senate.
A representative of the West Virginia Department of Transportation and also Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be invited to upcoming meetings of the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Caucus.
Beginning next Monday, the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Caucus meetings at the State House will begin at 8:30 AM.
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