MTA Tries to Make Up for MARC Mess

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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MTA Tries to Make Up for MARC Mess

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The Maryland Transit Administration is trying to make amends with hundreds of MARC riders who were stranded on a hot train for hours without air conditioning last month.

The MTA announced Tuesday that people who were passengers on Train 538 on June 21 are eligible for five MARC VIP day passes. Each pass is good for one roundtrip on MARC before the end of 2013.

MTA officials said the passes are meant to show their appreciation for passengers' continued patronage.

To receive passes, riders must fill out a form on the MTA's website by Aug. 13.

MARC, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating why the train broke down shortly after departing Washington for Baltimore on June 21, trapping passengers in the train without air conditioning in 90-degree temperatures.

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