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6/23/2020



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Metra, BART return some commuter-rail service; WMATA reopens stations


On June 29, Metra will add service on the North Central Service, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines.
Photo – Metra Facebook

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Metra in Chicago and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco have announced added service on some of their commuter-rail lines to accommodate growing ridership.

On June 29, Metra will add service on the North Central Service, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines. 

Yesterday, BART added three extra commuter trains on its Yellow Line as ridership ticks up as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The trains will run between Pleasant Hill and Daly City, and Pittsburg/Bay Point and Daly City. 

In Washington, D.C., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced it will reopen 15 rail stations on June 28. The stations had been closed as part of the agency’s response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, other U.S. passenger-rail agencies are distributing masks in their service areas. 

The Chicago Transit Authority today began distributing small kits of hand sanitizer, cloth masks and transit riding tips to rail riders. 

And the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) in Texas last week partnered with Denton County officials and the United Way of Denton County to distribute personal protective equipment to nonprofits in the region.

An estimated 225,000 surgical masks will be provided to about 50 nonprofit organizations across Denton County, along with gloves and hand sanitizer, DCTA officials said in a press release.



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