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Pandemic update: Metrolink installs sanitizing dispensers on all rail cars

The installation more than doubled the number of hand sanitizing dispensers previously available.
Photo – Metrolink Facebook


Metrolink last week completed installation of two hand sanitizing stations on each of the Southern California’s 215 passenger-rail cars.

The sanitizer installation was prompted by rider requests. In a recent survey, Metrolink officials found that having hand sanitizers on all cars was the top requested amenity necessary to help make passengers feel comfortable while riding trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, Metrolink officials said in a press release.

The installation more than doubled the number of hand sanitizing dispensers previously available. 

Meanwhile, other U.S. and Canadian passenger-rail agencies outlined new safety requirements and service adjustments. Following are updates by agency:

  • Grand River Transit in Ontario yesterday began requiring riders to wear masks or face coverings while on ION light-rail trains or at train stations.
  • MTA Metro-North Railroad last week reconfigured vending machines at 12 stations to allow riders to purchase personal protective equipment.
  • the Connecticut Department of Transportation yesterday expanded train service on the CTrail Hartford Line and resumed Metro-North's Danbury Line service.


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