Digest: Caltrain could face shutdown after San Francisco supervisors fail to support ballot measure

News Wire Digest second section for July 15: PATCO to require face coverings; another fatal collision in Czech Republic
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More Wednesday rail news in brief:

Cash-short Caltrain could face shutdown after San Francisco supervisors fail to support ballot measure

Caltrain says it may face a complete shutdown after San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors failed to support a proposed ballot initiative that would use sales tax to fund the commuter railroad. SFGate.com reports the initiative, which would provide a dedicated funding stream through a 1/8 cent sales tax, needed to be approved by all three counties served by Caltrain — San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara — as well as the Caltrain board. A Caltrain spokesman said the agency, which currently relies heavily on fare revenue, “is in a very challenging financial situation that it may not be able to survive.”

PATCO to begin requiring face coverings
PATCO, the transit line between Philadelphia and Camden County, N.J., will begin requiring face coverings for passengers on Friday. The requirement reflects executive orders by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Those who do not comply may be denied entry or service, and face fines or other penalties.

One killed in Czech train collision
The Czech Republic has suffered its second fatal rail collision in little more a week. The Voice of America is reporting the driver was killed and 35 passengers were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train late Tuesday near Cesky Brod, about 21 miles east of Prague. About 100 people were on board when the passenger train collided with the stopped freight. On July 7, two passenger trains collided, killing two people [see “VIA Rail Canada to lay off 1,000,” News Wire Digest, July 8, 2020], but transportation minister Karel Havlicek told local media that the accidents were because of driver errors and not systemic problems.

 

 

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