Digest: Metrolink adds Ventura County trains

News Wire Digest for Sept. 8: BNSF train derails in Texas; NJ Transit adds PPE vending machines
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A Metrolink Ventura County Line train passes through Chatsworth, Calif., in 2018. Metrolink is adding an additional Ventura County Line round trip as of today.
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Tuesday morning rail news:

Metrolink adds round trip on Ventura County Line

LA-area commuter railroad Metrolink is restoring a morning round trip on its Ventura County line as of today. Train No. 101 will depart LA Union Station at 6:51 and arrive in Moorpark, Calif., at 8:06 a.m., with return train No. 110, departing Moorpark at 8:28 a.m. and arriving at Union Station at 9:41 a.m. It is the first morning service to Ventura County since the agency reduced service in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “A rider brought to our attention there was no service to Ventura County in the morning,” Metrolink board chairman Brian Humprhey said in a press release announcing the addtions. “I commend our team for being customer-focused and making sure we fulfilled this critical need by offering these additional trains that will serve my home county, as well as the essential businesses of the San Fernando Valley.”

BNSF train derails in Texas
At least 27 cars of a BNSF freight train were reported to have derailed near Temple, Texas, early Sunday morning, closing roads near the scene of the accident. KWKT-TV in Waco, Texas, reports the Bell County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the derailment about 2:30 a.m., and that the intersection of U.S. Route 190 and Prichard Road was closed as a result. No injures were reported, and no hazardous materials were involved.

NJ Transit adds protective gear vending machines
NJ Transit is beginning a pilot program offering vending machines selling personal protective equipment at stations as part of its COVID-19 safety procedures, introducing the first two such machines at Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. Five more stations will be equipped in the weeks ahead, offering such items as disposable and reusable face masks, hand sanitizer, and rubber gloves. NJ Transit joins New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority in offering such machines [see “Kansas City Southern de Mexico president to retire,” News Wire Digest, July 1, 2020].



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