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Eastern Panhandle, W.Va., boards, councils prepare resolutions, meetings ahead of MARC train public meeting

By Breanna Francis, The Journal of Martinsburg, W.Va.

MARTINSBURG — Amid resolutions intended to show the West Virginia governor and West Virginia Department of Transportation the importance of MARC train service to the people in the Eastern Panhandle, councils are taking steps to ensure their communities’ needs are being met.

MARC trains sit idle at the Martinsburg station on Tuesday night.

The Maryland Transit Administration announced in early August its plans to hold a hearing Sept. 7 in Charles Town on possible cutbacks in MARC train service into West Virginia following a dispute between the two states over funding for the commuter rail system.

In an effort to respond to community concerns and make tangible strides in discussing the issue further, the Berkeley County Council shared its intentions to hold a meeting with Gov. Jim Justice in Charleston Tuesday to discuss MARC funding, Alan Davis, county administrator, confirmed. …

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