News Wire Digest Second Section for Tuesday, March 31

Rocky Mountaineer delays start of season; layoffs at Texas Central; Dallas transit cuts
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A Rocky Mountaineer train arrives in Kamloops, British Columbia, in October 2018. The passenger operator has delayed the start of its 2020 season.
Bob Johnston

More Tuesday morning rail news:

— Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury rail operation from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the Canadian Rockies, will delay the start of its season until July 1. The season had been scheduled to begin April 13. Those who had planned to be on the cancelled departures will receive a credit for 110% of the amount they have paid, which can be applied in 2020, 2021, or 2020. “Our team is incredibly disappointed in not being able to start our season as originally planned,” Rocky Mountaineer CEO Steve Sammut said in a press release. “With the Canadian borders closed to international travellers until June 30 and other global travel mandates, it has become impossible for us to operate while these restrictions are in place.”

— Texas Central has laid off 28 employees, citing delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Morning News reports. In a statement on the company’s website, CEO Carlos Aguilar noted the company has technical and financial partners in Italy, Spain, and Japan, as well as in the U.S. “Understanding the impact of COVID-19, and the challenges those countries and the U.S. are facing, is a new fact of life,” Aguilar said. “We are already implementing work from home and other measures to deal with the crisis, but still do not know what other impacts this will have.”

— Dallas Area Rapid Transit has announced weekday service reductions effective Monday, April 9. Light rail service will operate on 20-minute headways, while the Dallas Streetcar schedule will remain unchanged. Bus service is also changing. Weekend light rail and bus schedules will remain unchanged. DART has also closed public access to its headquarters and indoor seating at all transit centers.


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