New York subway, buses to resume full service June 8

News Wire Digest third section for June 2: Two dead in high speed rail accident in Spain; surprise for transit police in England

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Tuesday afternoon rail news:

MTA set for full subway, bus service on June 8

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to resume full subway and bus service on Monday, June 8 — when New York City enters “phase 1” of its reopening after a COVID-19 stay-at-home order — and is asking that the city commit to providing 1 million masks for use by transit riders, to go with the 1 million already promised by the state. The agency says its police and the New York Police Department will work to enforce mandatory use of face masks, but does not support arrests or ticketing of those who do not comply. In a press release laying out its plans, the MTA says Phase 1 transit use should remain for essential users and essential trips only; that it will provide floor markings and decals where possible to assist with social distancing at stations; asks that employers stagger work hours and continue to allow for remote work; and will supply hand sanitizer where possible.

Two dead in rail accident in Spain
A high speed train hit a car that had fallen onto the tracks in northwest Spain on Tuesday, killing a train crewman and the driver of the vehicle. The Associated Press reports the vehicle had fallen off a bridge and landed on the rail line; the collision derailed the locomotive but not the passenger cars. Five people were reported to be injured.

The lighter side: Police report bare details on report of 'body'
British Transport Police responding to a report of a dead body along a railway line in Essex, England, on Monday found the body — and discovered it was definitely not dead. Rail workers had reported seeing a pair of feet, but the “corpse” turned out to be a man in his 30s enjoying a bit of nude sunbathing along the right of way, prompting the police to make a request on Twitter: “Please don’t sunbathe nude on the railway!” Reports do not indicate whether the police gave the man a dressing-down.


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