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California passenger-rail agencies are continuing operations for essential travel after several California counties issued stay-at-home orders.
Under the order, residents in San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the city of Berkeley have been ordered not to leave their homes for three weeks except to meet “essential needs.” Transportation agencies are categorized as an “essential business” under the order and will remain open, according to the order summary.
Despite declining ridership numbers, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will continue regular service during the order, running long enough trains to allow riders to remain 6 feet from each other.
BART served 24 percent to 61 percent fewer riders last week compared with the average number of riders in the four weeks prior, BART officials said in a press release.
To respond to low ridership levels, Caltrain began operating on a reduced peak-hour schedule, and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit cancelled weekend train service through April 5.
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority also expects to announce service reductions after March 20.
Meanwhile, several U.S. and Canadian transportation agencies provided updates on their efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Following is a summary by railroad or agency: