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Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Cap Metro) officials in Austin, Texas, yesterday announced the agency will provide a $150 weekly salary bonus to rail employees who help deliver essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full-time staff receiving the payment include rail operators and engineers, maintenance personnel and staff working in public facilities, the operations control center, customer experience and quality assurance departments.
Cap Metro will pay employees in one lump sum for the period between March 24 and April 30.
The “Service Recognition Bonus” is meant to show support and appreciation to those who hold critical roles in transit operations, agency officials said.
Meanwhile in Chicago, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District yesterday announced it will show appreciation to frontline healthcare workers by offering them free rides on the South Shore commuter-rail line in May and June.