Legislators announce bill to fund elimination of local transit fares

News Wire Digest third section for June 26: Wabtec delivers locomotives to new operator in Finland; worker dies in accident at Virgin Trains site in Orlando
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Wabtec has delivered the first two locomotives to Operail Finland.
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More Friday rail news in brief:

Bill would fund elimination of local transit fares

Two members of Congress from Massachusetts will introduce a bill that would provide funding to eliminate local transit fares. The “Freedom to Move Act,” announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Sen. Ed Markey, would authorize $5 billion for competitive grants to compensate agencies for lost fares and finance service improvements like infrastructure projects and improved bus stops. A summary of the bill is available here, with full text here.

Wabtec delivers locomotives to Operail Finland
Wabtec has delivered the first two locomotives for Operail Finland, a new licensed contract operator that is part of an Estonian state-owned freight operator and rolling stock company. The locomotives arrived in Finland after being converted to 1,525mm (5-foot) gauge in Turkey. The six-axle PowerHaul locomotives are Wabtec’s midweight locomotive, with a 3,700-hp, 16-cylinder PowerHaul P616 prime mover, A.C. traction control, and individual axle control.

Worker dies in accident at Virgin Trains project site
A 33-year-old man died Thursday in an accident at a worksite that is part of Virgin Trains’ USA project to extend service to Orlando. WFTV reports that Marcus Green, working for project contractor Granite Construction, died when he and another worker were pulled into a pipe while working to clear standing water that had collected over an inlet during recent heavy rains. The second worker was treated at a local hospital and released. WOFL-TV reports the accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. at a site near Orlando International Airport, with the workers trapped under a roadway when swept away by water that began flowing through an overflow drain.

 

 

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