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MARC to launch weekend service in December

Wednesday - 9/4/2013, 4:41pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The MARC commuter train between Baltimore and Washington will run on Saturdays and Sundays starting in December.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the new weekend hours on Wednesday, part of a new package of transportation projects that will cost a combined $1.5 billion. The funding was made possible by a transportation bill approved by the General Assembly this year.

The MARC weekend service will cost $46 million. The state plans to offer nine round trips on Saturdays and six on Sundays, starting on Dec. 7.

The biggest chunk of the new funds, $689 million, will go toward the Red Line in Baltimore. The Red Line is a 14-mile east-west light rail line between Woodlawn in Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in east Baltimore.

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