Digest: Houston transit workers to get coronavirus bonus

News Wire Digest third section for July 24: Indiana town suing CSX to stop crossing work; Edmonton asks mask requirement for transit
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Still more Friday morning rail news:

Front-line Houston transit workers to receive COVID-19 bonuses

Workers on Houston’s Metro transit system will begin receiving a $150-per-week incentive bonus related to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Houston Chronicle reports the Metropolitan Transit Authority board approved the bonuses as a “goodwill gesture” at a Thursday meeting. Front-line workers who make up about 40% of the agency’s workforce, including bus and light rail operators, fare inspectors, and mechanics, will be eligible for the bonus.

Indiana city to sue CSX to stop crossing work
The city of Crawfordsville, Ind., plans to sue CSX Transportation and the Indiana Department of Transportation, seeking to delay the closure of a key grade crossing for maintenance. The Crawfordsville Journal Review reports the city is concerned that work on the crossing at East Market Street, coupled with an ongoing rebuilding project of parallel East Wabash Avenue, would cut off most east-west traffic flow through the community and create a public safety issue. The city is seeking to delay the CSX work, currently scheduled for later this month, until after the Wabash Avenue project is done in mid-August, and said the railroad had been unresponsive to its requests. CSX did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. The suit could be filed today.

Edmonton to require facial coverings for transit, other city facilities
Edmonton, Alberta, has joined Calgary in requiring facial coverings for all bus and light rail passengers on its transit system. Global News reports the rule will be effective Aug. 1, and covers all other city-owned services, attractions, and amenities, as well as transit. Customers could be denied service if they fail to wear a mask, but enforcement provisions have not yet been determined.


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