California Transit Association calls for emergency aid

News Wire Digest for July 6: Canadian Pacific, citing 1880 contract, pursues tax-exempt status in court; Illinois Railway Museum sets reopening dates
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An LA Metro light rail train exits the shop building at the agency's Southwestern Yard. Metro says it is facing a $1.8 billion shortfall.
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Monday morning rail news in brief:

California group calls for emergency transit funding
The California Transit Association, which represents more than 85 transit agencies across the state, is calling on state and federal lawmakers for at least $3.1 billion in funding aid “to help prevent devastating permanent service reductions,” accoring to an association press release. “Without state or federal support, local public transit agencies may be forced to make cuts that threaten economic recovery and disproportionately hurt disadvantaged communities,” Joshua W. Shaw, executive director of the association, said in the release. L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation authority anticipates a $1.8 billion shortfall this year.

Court to examine 140 years of tax records as CP claims tax-exempt status
Canada’s Federal Court is in the process of examining 140 years of tax records to determine the validity of a claim by Canadian Pacific that it is exempt from paying income tax and other national taxes. The Toronto Sun, quoting the Ottawa news site Blacklock’s Reporter, says CP is arguing it is exempt under the 1881 Canadian Pacific Railway Act, which includes terms of an 1880 contract stating the railroad “shall be forever free from taxation by the Dominion.” CP has been pursuing the case in court for eight years.

Illinois Railway Museum sets plans to reopen
The Illinois Railway Museum has announced plans to reopen later this month and will enact several new policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum plans to open July 18-19 for members only and to members and visitors July 25-26, subject to the facility’s “ability to meet acceptable safety standards.” Pre-purchased tickets will be required, or advance reservations for groups. Face coverings will be required for all visitors ages 2 and up; those unwilling or unable to wear a mask will not be admitted. Train rides will be limited to 25% of capacity and may be shorter than the full length of the route. A full list of the museum’s new and updated policies is available here; tickets are available here.

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