Man killed when pushed in front of Chicago L train

News Wire Digest third section for May 29: CDC guidelines for offices encourage driving over transit use; senator introduces $25 billion passenger rail bill
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Friday afternoon rail news in brief:

Man killed after being pushed in front of CTA train
A suspect is in custody after allegedly pushing a man in front of an oncoming Chicago Transit Authority train, which struck and killed him, early Friday morning. WBBM Radio reports the incident occurred about 12:15 a.m. at the Red Line’s 87th Street station on Chicago’s South Side. The victim reportedly became involved with an argument with another man, who punched him and pushed him onto the tracks. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Charges are pending against the 19-year-old; police are conducting a homicide investigation. Red Line service was shut down until shortly after 3 a.m. while police investigated.

New CDC guidelines, favoring solo driving over transit, draw criticism
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines for reopening offices after COVID-19 closures include a suggestion that employers offer incentives for workers to avoid mass transit, such as offering parking reimbursement for those who drive to work alone. For those who continue to use mass transit, employers should allow workers to shift their schedules to work at less busy times, and ask employees to wash their hands as soon as possible after their trip. That suggestion is drawing some criticism; New York City-based TransitCenter, a foundation supporting public transit improvements, noted in a series of Twitter posts that elsewhere in the world, some transit systems are carrying substantial loads while their cities experience low virus transmission rates and says “the CDC owes these Americans [for whom driving is not an option] stronger guidance on how to operate transit service while carrying a large share of typical ridership.”

Senator introduces bill to fund $25 billion in passenger rail spending
U.S. Sen Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced legislation which would authorize $25 billion over five years, beginning in 2021, for investment in what it terms “high-performance” intercity passenger service — service that would enhance transportation capacity, travel times, reliability, and efficiency. It would allow up to 80% federal funding of a project. A summary of the legislation is available here and the full bill is available here.




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