Caltrain poll finds support for tax to create dedicated funding

News Wire Digest second section for June 26: Bridge fire leads to disaster declaration in Kansas; B&O Museum reopens; NC museum restarts train rides
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More Friday morning rail news:

Caltrain survey finds backing for sales-tax support

A survey commissioned by Caltrain found that nearly two-thirds of voters in the three counties served by the commuter railroad would support an eighth of a cent sales tax to preserve service during the COVID-19 pandemic and expand it afterward. More than 1,200 likely voters were surveyed as Caltrain gauges the prospect for a ballot measure to create a dedicated funding source for the system, the only one in the San Francisco Bay Area without such a dedicated revenue stream.

Kansas county declares disaster after rail bridge fire
Montgomery County, Kansas, has issued a disaster declaration over a rail bridge destroyed by fire on Wednesday, a step toward receiving federal funds for repairs. The bridge near Independence, Kan., on Watco’s South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, was destroyed by a fire on Wednesday afternoon, KOKI-TV reports. The disaster declaration cited disrupted commerce. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

B&O Museum events celebrate reopening
The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, which reopened Thursday, is marking its return from a COVID-19 shutdown with a weekend of events including free cab rides in the “Sweet Toot” diesel recently donated by Domino Sugar. The museum staff is required to wear personal protective equipment and asks visitors to wear masks and observe social distancing. A complete list of the museum’s health and safety efforts is available here; opening-weekend events are here.

North Carolina museum resumes train rides
The North Carolina Transportation Museum will resume offering train rides for visitors as of today. The museum, which reopened May 28, continues to offer reduced-price admission as a number of exhibit buildings remain closed, key equipment from the museum collection have been positioned outside for visitors. More details are available at the museum website.

 

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