- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s transportation secretary is warning MARC riders that severe heat could cause delays throughout the commuter rail system.

Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley told riders in a statement late Tuesday that the heat forecast throughout this week can cause problems with equipment operating on all MARC lines.

She says locomotives can be pushed to the limit by the heat. Air conditioning in passenger cars and the lines that power some Penn Line trains can also buckle under the pressure.

There were delays on all three MARC lines during the Tuesday evening rush and some of those delays were due to the extreme heat. Swaim-Staley says state officials are working with CSX, which owns the tracks along the Brunswick and Camden lines, and Amtrak, which owns the Penn Line, to address problems and resolve them quickly.


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