South Shore offering free westbound rides in July and August

News Wire Digest third section for July 2: Denton County, Texas, adds mask requirement; fire destroys CN container lifter
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A westbound South Shore train makes its way through the streets of Michigan City, Ind., on June 18, 2020. The South Shore is offering free westbound rides in July and August.
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Still more Wednesday morning rail news:

South Shore offering free westbound rides

The South Shore Line is offering free westbound tickets on all trains during July and August, and has extended the validity of its monthly tickets. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports the free-ticket plan also allows up to three children ages 13 and younger can ride free with a fare-paying adult. The offer is good through Aug. 31. Monthly tickets purchased for July will also be good for all of August; those using digital tickets will receive the August ticket automatically, while those using paper tickets should keep the July ticket for use the following month.

Denton County adds facemask requirement on transit
The Denton County, Texas, Transportation Authority has joined the list of transit agencies requiring riders to wear facial coverings because of COVID-19. The requirement went into effect Wednesday on the A-Train commuter line and on buses. “We appreciate those who have already done their part to protect themselves and others while riding DCTA,” agency CEO Raymond Suarez said in a press release announcing the requirement. “Now, we ask that all passengers comply with our new face-covering requirement to help prevent the spread of illness.” The agency reserves the right to deny service to passengers who decline to wear a mask.

Fire destroys CN container lift
A forklift used to load intermodal containers was destroyed by a fire at a Canadian National facility in Ferndale, Mich., the Oakland County Times reports. Firefighters from Ferndale and Hazel Park responded to the fire, with Ferndale Fire Chief Jack Pesha telling the newspaper that the cause was under investigation but was likely a hydraulic pump on the $600,000 machine. Photographs show a massive plume of flame and smoke, but beyond the forklife, damage was limited to paint discoloration on some nearby containers.

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