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W.Va. Delate Doyle asks Gov. Justice for $2 million for MARC train service in Eastern Panhandle

By Joseph LaFave, The Journal of Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — With the critical public hearing regarding the MARC train’s future service into the Eastern Panhandle this weekend, Delegate John Doyle, D-Jefferson, is urging West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to use contingency funds to pay the more than $2 million Maryland says it needs to keep the trains running.

In a letter sent to Justice on Wednesday, Doyle asked that the majority of the needed funds come from the governor’s Civil Contingency Fund.

“You provide, today, at least $2 million from the Civil Contingency Fund for MARC service,” wrote Doyle. “Added to the $1.1 million the Legislature has already appropriated, this will provide Maryland with sufficient funds to keep the three trains running for another year.”

As previously reported by The Journal, Doyle had originally only asked that Justice pay $900,000. However, after learning that the Governor’s Civil Contingency Fund was approximately $60 million, Doyle said he changed his opinion and wants Justice to foot the entire bill. …

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