Digest: UP restores service after hurricane

News Wire Digest second section for Sept. 1: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to resume operations; Ontario's Metrolinx expresses concern over trespassers
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Union Pacific has informed customers that service has been restored to all lines affected by Hurricane Laura.
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Tuesday afternoon rail news:

Union Pacific restores service after Hurricane Laura

Union Pacific has informed customers it has now restored service on all lines that had been shut down because of damage caused by Hurricane Laura. The company is using generators in areas that remain without power, still has some embargoes in place, and tells customers there will be some delays in transit times through the affected area as it works through the backlog of traffic. Service had been affected since Aug. 27, with the Lake Charles, La., particularly hard hit.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic to reopen Oct. 1
Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will resume operations Oct. 1 after closing in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will operate its Polar Express holiday trains beginning Nov. 6. Operations will include seating capacity of no more than 50%, COVID-19 screening questions for guests, and a mask requirement. The café car will not operate this year. “We are incredibly happy to welcome our guests and volunteers back on the train,” said President and CEO Joe Mazur. “We’ve been working in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic to make sure we are resuming train rides in a way that protects the safety and health of our passengers, volunteers and staff.” For more information, visit the railroad website.

Metrolinx takes steps to address rise in trespassing
Ontario’s Metrolinx, the parent agency for GO Transit, is attempting to address what it calls a “marked increase” in trespassing along the GO rail network. Y108 Radio reports that Metrolinx Director of Transit Safety Bill Godzinski believes social media is a factor, as young people take risks for photos. A bridge in Mississauga, Ont., is a particular problem, with law enforcement officers called to the site more than 40 times. Fifteen people have been charged and at least 100 have been warned. The agency is deploying “safety mats” at some locations to discourage trespassing.


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