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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29

(By Senators Snyder, Unger, Helmick, Barnes, Deem and Plymale)


Requesting the Governor's assistance in securing the future use of the MARC commuter train service in Jefferson and Berkeley counties .

Whereas, The MARC commuter train service to Washington, D. C. from Jefferson and Berkeley counties provides convenient and affordable transportation to some 550 West Virginia citizens each weekday; and
Whereas, Those West Virginia citizens employed in the Washington, D. C. area pay West Virginia payroll withholding taxes; and
Whereas, Those West Virginia citizens contribute approximately $40 million directly into the economy of Jefferson and Berkeley counties as well as the state as a whole; and
Whereas, The MARC commuter train service to Jefferson and Berkeley counties has been a valuable asset for economic health and development for those counties for the last two decades; and
Whereas, The MARC commuter train service to West Virginia has been subsidized by the Maryland taxpayers by the Maryland Road Fund; and
Whereas, The state of Maryland is experiencing significant budget problems and has required the Maryland Transit Administration to review its future subsidy for the MARC commuter train service into West Virginia; and
Whereas, The Maryland Transit Administration in February, 2009, added an extra fee to the West Virginia citizens boarding the MARC train in West Virginia, amounting to $2 per trip, $20 per week and $80 per month; and
Whereas, After the imposition of the additional West Virginia ticket fees, a significant number of West Virginia citizens have stopped boarding the train in West Virginia and the total expected revenue from the ticket increase will not meet revenue expectations for the Maryland Transit Administration; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Governor's assistance in securing the future use of the MARC commuter train service in Jefferson and Berkeley counties; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the West Virginia Division of Highways is to have the MARC commuter train service to Jefferson and Berkeley counties be made part of the statewide Intermodal Transportation Plan for West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the West Virginia Department of Transportation is to seek all available state and federal funds for the preservation and continuation of the MARC commuter train service; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
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