BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Transit Administration authority has unveiled a less costly MARC pass that can be used on week days only after riders complained about a hefty increase in the fares for seven-day passes.

The MTA announced the new plan Thursday at the monthly meeting of the MARC Riders Advisory Council in Washington. The original plan would have raised the cost of a seven-day pass to travel between Baltimore and Washington from $52.50 to $80. The new passes will cost $60 for five days.

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A spokeswoman says the MTA heard riders’ contentions that most weekly ticket purchasers ride MARC only Monday to Friday.

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The MARC riders’ group protested this week after the MTA announced plans last month to impose sizable increases June 25 in MARC fares that haven’t risen since 2003.

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