FRA awards $500,000 in grants to address trespassing

News Wire Digest third section for July 8: Mexico's Copper Canyon tourist train to resume operation; Wyoming coal takes hit during pandemic
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Still more Wednesday rail news in brief:

FRA awards grants to address trespassing

The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded more than $500,000 in Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grants for law-enforcement programs to deter dangerous trespassing situations. A total of $528,028 was awarded to 11 projects in six states: California, Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Grant selection gave preference to 10 states with the highest number of trespass-related incidents. Details on the specific programs are available here.

Copper Canyon tourist train to resume operation
Mexico’s Chihuahua Pacific Railway will resume operation of its El Chepe tourist trains through Copper Canyon on July 17. The Mexico News Daily reports the train will resume operation with a 50% occupancy limit, personal protective equipment required for train personnel, pre-boarding procedures for passengers including temperature checks, and assigned seating to maintain distance between passengers. For more information, visit the train’s website.

Wyoming coal takes hit during pandemic
Wyoming coal production fell dramatically in the second quarter of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic added to diminishing demand for the fossil fuel. The Associated Press reports Wyoming’s 16 coal mines produced 34% less coal in April, May, and June compared to a year earlier. Coal companies across the state have furloughed or laid off over 500 employees since March, while the coal downturn contributed to 130 BNSF layoffs earlier the year. An estimated 1 in 10 jobs in the state's Powder River Basin depend on coal.

 

 

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