Ottawa extends closure of light rail line

News Wire Digest third section for June 22: MTA takes $420 million fare hit; Cripple Creek & Victor reopens
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Still more Monday rail news in brief:

O-Train extends closure for repair work

The closure of Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line light rail that began Sunday has been extended through at least the rest of the week as efforts continue to address the nine-month-old line’s reliability issues. The line had originally been scheduled for a full closure only on Sunday, followed by three days of partial closures, but the Ottawa Citizen reports that John Manconi, general manager of OC Transpo, said in a Sunday memo to members of the city council that the closure was being extended to expedite ongoing repairs. Rideau Transit Group, the builder of the line, has been working to address track and catenary problems, and upgrade train control software. Bus service will substitute for the light rail during the closure.

MTA fare income $420 million below projections in May
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority made just $61.3 million in fares in May — 87% less than the $486 million projected before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the second straight month with a fare deficit of more than $400 million, the New York Daily News reports. The newspaper quotes the agency’s chief financial officer, Bob Foran, as saying the MTA “is facing the most acute financial crisis in its history.” Ridership is slowly returning, however; the subway carried 944,000 passengers last Wednesday and is projected to see more than 1 million passengers on Monday, which would be the first time that has happened since March 20.

Tourist railroad Cripple Creek & Victor reopens
Colorado’s Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad has reopened, with several changes to operations because of COVID-19 precautions. The 2-foot gauge railroad, which resumed operations Saturday, is operating its 4-mile round trip every 70 minutes, instead of the usual every 40 minutes, to allow for cleaning; capping occupany at 50% on each car of its train and in its gift shop; and has limited the maximum size of groups sitting together at 10. Full details are available here.



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