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Alaska Railroad suspends Aurora Winter Train

ARRC will suspend Aurora Winter Train passenger-rail service through April 30.
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The Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) tomorrow will suspend its Aurora Winter Train passenger-rail service between Anchorage and Fairbanks through April 30.

The suspension, led by efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, will affect nine round-trips of the passenger-rail train but does not affect freight service, ARRC officials said in a press release.

“With recent notifications that groupings of 10 or more people are discouraged to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we felt it prudent to suspend our Aurora Trains for the next six weeks for the safety of our passengers, crew and our community,” said ARRC President and Chief Executive Officer Bill O’Leary. 

The railroad will provide limited passenger service to the roadless area between Talkeetna and Hurricane via the Hurricane Turn Train on April 2 to make sure people with no other way to access their homes and properties along the Railbelt are not stranded, O’Leary said.

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