MARC train and commuter bus patrons can purchase tickets online, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Friday.

The consolidated ticketing service, http://MTA.CommuterDirect.com, will begin April 1. It will accept SmartBenefits, vouchers and employer-sponsored credit cards as well as split credit card payments and renewable orders.

Weekly and monthly passes for MARC and commuter bus service will continue to be accepted for rides on MTA local bus, Metro subway, light rail, express bus and neighborhood shuttle service. MARC tickets will continue to be sold by Quik-Trak machines, Amtrak, and commuter direct ticket agents.

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