SunRail resumes normal schedule

News Wire Digest third section for May 11: DC Metro outlines plans for resumption of service; St. Louis, Portland transit enact new face-covering rules
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Orlando's SunRail has resumed its regular service schedule as of today.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Still more Monday rail news:

— Orlando-area commuter railroad SunRail returned to its regular schedule as of today, ending the abbreviated operations it had introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 31. It becomes the first of the state’s three major passenger rail systems to resume regular operation. Miami’s Tri-Rail is still operating on the temporary schedules it adopted on March 28; privately operated Brightline remains shut down, as it has been since March 25.

— DC Metro plans a three-phase return to regular service, with each phase taking more than two months to implement, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld says in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. The plan reflects guidelines from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, as well as ridership and economic projections. In the first phase — for a which a date has not been announced — Metro trains will operate on 20-minute headways, with the first and last cars, which have been closed to passengers, reopening.

— St. Louis’s Metro Transit is requiring all customers to wear face masks as of today, while Portland, Ore., transit agency TriMet is requiring employees to wear face coverings. In St. Louis, passengers will not be allowed to board trains or buses without face coverings, with certain exceptions. In Portland, the rule includes rail and bus operators, supervisors, fare inspectors and cleaners. Tri-Met does not require passengers to wear face coverings but “strongly urges” them to do so.






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