BRUNSWICK, MD — Wednesday night saw a virtual public meeting regarding The MARC Brunswick Line Study. The discussion focused on the long-term vision for the Brunswick Line which includes additional train capacity and frequency, including additional weekend service, with a focus on enhancing service on the Frederick, Hagerstown and Martinsburg tracks. The goal is to think ahead to meet the needs of the region by 2045.

The Report explored up to four railroad alignment options to extend the Brunswick Line service into Western Maryland and West Virginia. The cost for expansion would vary from just under 50 million dollars to as much as 500 million dollars. But the report pointed out that expansion has additional hurdles besides money including contractual obligations with CSX and environmental concerns. A final report will be submitted July 1st of this year.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is looking for feedback from everyone who may be affected this month. They are asking everyone to take their survey at back slash marc dash Brunswick dash study which will help with that final report.

Story by Panhandle News Network Reporter Clint Gaige