Trains News Wire Digest for Sunday, April 5 (corrected)

More cuts for DC Metro; Manitoba tourist railroad delays 2020 season; more rail employees test positive for virus
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Sunday rail news related to the coronavirus pandemic:

— D.C. Metro will further reduce rail and bus service on Monday, with rail service ending at 9 p.m. and bus service ending at 11 p.m. Service will begin at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. In announcing the cuts, Metro said the decision “reflects a significant drop-off in ridership since Metro begin asking riders to limit use of the system to ‘essential trips only’ “ and that the drop-off has been particularly acute after 9 p.m.

— The Prairie Dog Central Railway, a tourist railroad near Winnipeg, Manitoba, has delayed the start its 2020 operating season because of the COVID-19 virus, the Winnipeg Sun reports. The railway has currently cancelled its three scheduled trains in May and three scheduled trains in June. No decision has been made on trains in July through October; it is monitoring the situation on a daily basis. Updated information is available on the railway's website or Facebook page. The railroad has donated latex gloves and eye-protective equipment usually used by its workers to a regional medical facility.

— A dozen CSX Transportation employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, including one in the railroad’s headquarters city of Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville TV station WJXT reports. Coworkers who may have had contact with those affected have entered self-quarantine.

— A second VIA Rail Canada employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The worker, based in the storage room of VIA’s Montreal maintenance center, has not been at work since reporting flu-like symptoms on April 1. Three coworkers who had been in direct contact with the infected worker have been in self-isolation since April 1, according to the Toronto Star.

— Updated April 8 to reflect correction of source article on Prairie Dog Central.



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