Tri-Rail increases commuter rail schedule

News Wire Digest second section for June 25: Denver sets opening date for N Line; VRE offering new tool tracking train occupancy
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A Tri-Rail train parallels Interstate 95 as it heads south from West Palm Beach. Tri-Rail will add two round trips to its schedule as of June 29.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Thursday morning commuter rail news:

Tri-Rail adding two round trips to schedule

South Florida’s Tri-Rail will add to its commuter rail schedule as of Monday, June 29, adding two additional round trips to its current schedule of 11 trains in each direction. Weekend service will remain at six round trips. South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Steven Abrams said in a news release the additional rush-hour service “will increase our commuters’ options to get to work and home at a reasonable time,and will keep our five-car trainsets intact.” Tri-Rail had previously expanded to five-car trains to aid COVID-19 concerns over social distancing. Watch the Tri-Rail website for details of the new schedule.

Denver's RTD to open N Line in September
The Regional Transportation District will open its long-delayed commuter rail N Line from Denver to Thornton, Colo., on Sept. 21, the agency has announced. The six-station, 13-mile line began construction in 2014, the Denver Post reports, and was supposed to have opened two years ago. Plans call for the line to be extended an additional 5.5 miles to serve two more stations, but that project is currently not funded.

VRE offering train-occupany information online
Virginia Railway Express is now offering online information on train occupancy to help passengers make commuting decisions with social distancing in mind. VRE’s Train Utilization Trends webpage shows total seats, capacity to support distancing, and current daily ridership. The agency is also exploring ways to notify passengers when trains near or reach capacity. “The conditions under which we now operate require us to continuously evaluate our processes and make adjustments,” VRE acting CEO Rich Dalton said in a press release, “no matter how incremental, in order to provide the greatest level of protection possible.” VRE also announced additional cleaning measure including the use of acidic electrolyzed water to disinfect equipment.



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