Trains News Wire Digest for Monday, April 6

Coronavirus news: MTA death toll reaches 22; new service cuts for NJ Transit light rail, SMART
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A Monday morning update on coronavirus-related rail news:

— Twenty-two employees of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority have now died from the COVID-19 virus, the agency reported on Sunday. That is more deaths from the disease than have been recorded in all but six states as of Friday, according to provisional CDC figures. reports that a total of 1,092 MTA workers have tested positive for the virus and 5,430 were in self-quarantine. The MTA said Saturday that it was distributing 240,000 maskes and 3.2 million gloves to its workers in an effort to protect them from the disease.

— NJ Transit will reduce service on its Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line as of today, operating trains on a weekend schedule, with 20-minute headways. The line was the last of NJ Transit’s three light rail operations still on its regular schedule. The agency is also adjusting some bus schedules to address overcrowding, reports, and is urging passengers to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to wear a face covering.

— Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has made another set of service cuts. Effective today, the 45-mile system between Larkspur and Santa Rosa will offer 16 roundtrips on weekdays, half its usual service. Weekend service had previously been suspended entirely. Ridership is down 90%, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports. Updated schedules are available here.








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