Digest: Emery Trust announces change to eligibility rules

News Wire Digest for Sept. 1: NJ Transit passenger stuck on out-of-service train; MTA finishes work at New York's busiest subway entrance
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Tuesday morning rail news:

Emery Trust makes changes to eligibility for grants

The Emery Rail Heritage Trust has announced two significant changes to eligibility rules for those seeking grants. In certain cases, groups can now apply for grants for equipment or facilities that are owned by a governmental agency or leased from a different owner. This replaces the prior policy in the project requesting funds had to be owned by the group seeking funding. Details on the specific requirements which apply are available at the Trust’s website. The Trust was founded by the late John Emery, and in the five years since it began awarding grants, has distributed $1.376 million to 63 groups. This summer, it has awarded two special grants to steam projects nearing completion: $50,000 to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for the restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 [see “Emery Trust makes special grant to help finish No. 1309,” Trains News Wire, July 22, 2020], and $35,000 to the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association for Spokane, Portland & Seattle 4-8-4 No. 700 [see “Emery Trust makes special grant to help completion of SP&S 700,” News Wire, Aug. 10, 2020]

NJ Transit investigates incident in which woman was left on train
NJ Transit is investigating an incident in which a passenger was left onboard an out-of-service train for 90 minutes before she could be found and released. NJ.com reports that 26-year-old Tohfa Hasni of Woodbridge, N.J., was left on a North Jersey Coast line train after it was taken out of service because of mechanical problems at Newark Penn Station. Hasni apparently fell asleep, missing the announcement to transfer to another train, and awoke to find herself alone on the train. Her efforts to get help by phone were thwarted because all she could see were other trains on adjacent tracks and had no idea where she was. An NJ Transit said crews are required to check trains to make sure no one is left on board, and that “appropriate displinary action” will be taken once the investigation is complete. This is not the first such incident; in 2017, it happened to a college student on another NJ Transit train [see “College student falls asleep on train, wakes up to an empty car,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 8, 2017].

MTA finishes work at 42nd-Grand Central subway entrance
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has completed renovations at the busiest entrance to the New York subway system, at 42nd Street-Grand Central, and done so seven months ahead of schedule. Work including replacement of two escalators, an elevator, and a stairway. Prior to the pandemic, the entrance saw approximately 135,800 entries and exits daily. The entrance work is part of the larger 42nd Street Connection project, which also includes renovation of the 42nd Street subway, and additional work at Times Square, Grand Central Station, and Bryant Park. More details are available here.



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