Calgary council approves new light rail line

News Wire Digest third section for June 17: NJ Transit line disrupted by maintenance derailment; new NJ Transit virus guidelines ask passengers not to talk
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More Wednesday morning rail news in brief:

Calgary approves new light rail line

Calgary’s city council has approved construction of the first stage of the light rail Green Line, a $4.9 billion, 12-mile route including underground operation through downtown Calgary. The Calgary Herald reports the council voted 14-1 to approve a complex, 17-point document detailing construction risks and prioritizing the future of the project. Plans now call for a 28.6-mile system to be built in three stages. Construction should begin next year with completion in 2026.

Maintenance derailment stops trains on NJ Transit line
NJ Transit trains are not operating this morning on part of the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Line after an early-morning maintenance-of-way derailment. reports equipment used to repair overhead wires derailed about 2:45 a.m. in Summit, N.J. No injuries reported, but the line is shut down between the Murray Hill and Summit stations. A bus bridge is being operated around the problem.

New NJ Transit guidelines ask passengers to limit talking
As part of its effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, NJ Transit is asking people to limit talking and phone conversations. reports the agency is adopting behavior guidelines used by foreign transit systems, among them the request to “avoid loud talking or restrict phone conversations” because talking can “increase the expulsion range of droplets which may contain the virus.” Masks are still required aboard trains and buses. The complete guidelines are available here.







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