Saturday, June 20, 2015

Save Our Laurel Main Street MARC Station

Laurel Leader Photo
The owners of Laurel Park Race Track, who plan to build a transit-oriented development with retail and residential space near the racetrack, have requested the state Department of Transportation open a commuter train stop in Laurel closer to the track and the development, according to Laurel City Council President Ed Ricks.

Laurel's rail station has been located at Main Street continuously for 184 years.  It was one of the first stations on what is now called the Camden Line of the B&O Railroad. Millions in public funding was recently spent renovating Laurel Station and platforms for one of the busiest stations on the MARC commuter rail system.

The Laurel Main Street MARC Station drives our property values and is the anchor for economic development for Main Street.  Many people have moved to Laurel to be within walking distance to this station.  

Surely the developers at the race track can find another way. Perhaps they can fund a path and bridge over the river to help their new residents easily use Laurel's historic Main Street station.

Please contact the following people to let them know you oppose moving the MARC stop. Also please come out on Wednesday 24 June at 11am at the Laurel Train Station to show your support

City of Laurel
Council President Ed Ricks - ericks@laurel.md.us
Council Member Mike Leszcz - mleszcz@laurel.md.us
Council Member Valerie Nicholas - vnicholas@laurel.md.us
Council Member Donna Crary - dcrary@laurel.md.us
PIO Audrey Barnes - abarnes@laurel.md.us

Maryland's 21st Delegation
State Senator Jim Rosapepe - jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us
Delegate Barbara Frush - barbara.frush@house.state.md.us
Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk - joseline.pena.melnyk@house.state.md.us
Delegate Ben Barnes -Ben.Barnes@house.state.md.us

Prince Georges County Council
Council Member Mary Lehman - MALehman@co.pg.md.us
For your cutting and pasting convenience, feel free to use the blurb below or create your own. Elected officials are in office to serve the residents. Please email and call them today! They need to hear from you.

To: ericks@laurel.md.us; mleszcz@laurel.md.us; vnicholas@laurel.md.us; dcrary@laurel.md.us; abarnes@laurel.md.us; jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us; barbara.frush@house.state.md.us; joseline.pena.melnyk@house.state.md.us; Ben.Barnes@house.state.md.us; MALehman@co.pg.md.us

Subject: Please Save Our Laurel MARC Station

I oppose the idea of moving Laurel's MARC stop from the Laurel Main Street Station to the Laurel Race Track.

Laurel's rail station has been at Main Street continuously for 184 years. It was one of the first stations on what is now called the Camden Line of the B&O Railroad. Millions in public funding was recently spent renovating Laurel Station and platforms for one of the busiest stations on the MARC commuter rail system.

The Laurel Main Street MARC Station drives our property values and is the anchor for economic development for Main Street

Surely the developers at the race track can find another way. Perhaps they can fund a path and bridge over the river to help their new residents easily use Laurel's historic Main Street station.

Please tell the Maryland Transportation Administration that you oppose moving Laurel's MARC stop out of Laurel Main Street Station.

Sincerely,

Your Name and Address
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