CTrail Hartford Line adds trains

News Wire Digest for July 12: Atlanta's MARTA adds mask order; Pennsylvania tourist railroad with Lincoln funeral car resumes operation
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A CTrail commuter train passes the former station in Wallingford, Conn. CTrail will add more service on its Hartford Line as of Monday.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Sunday rail news in brief:

CT Rail Hartford Line increases service

CTrail Hartford Line commuter service will increase as of Monday, with three additional round trips between Hartford and New Haven, and four additional weekend trips, including two serving Springfield, Mass. Two other trains, southbound No. 6455 and northbound No. 4466 will have slight schedule adjustments to accommodate the additional service. The complete schedule is available here.

MARTA adds mask order, despite governor's view on rule
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will begin requiring riders to wear masks on Monday, although Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says local mask rules are unenforceable because he has not authorized them. The Associated Press reports that several cities served by MARTA, including Atlanta, Decatur, and Brookhaven, already have mask requirements; MARTA had previously asked riders to observe those requirements when in those communities. But the new rule will cover the entire rail and bus system. MARTA began handing out free masks last week, and in a statement said, “Customers will have every opportunity to comply, but violators could be suspended from riding MARTA.” Kemp, a Republican, has said mask orders aren’t legally enforceable because they conflict with state orders that recommend but don’t require masks. “As clearly stated in my executive order,” he wrote on Twitter, “no local order can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide.”

Pennsylvania tourist railroad to begin Saturday operation
The Harrisburg, Lincoln & Lancaster Railroad at Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, Pa., will begin offering rides on Saturdays starting July 18 and continuing through Oct. 31. The railroad features a replica of an 1868 locomotive as well as the replica of 1865 presidential car United States, used as Abraham Lincoln’s funeral car. Five trips on the 1.2-mile railroad will be offered each Saturday, and will feature a narrated walk-through of the Lincoln car at the end of each trip. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-17, with ages 5 and under free. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and to order tickets, please visit the railroad website.


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