Digest: Amtrak will require users of multi-trip tickets to confirm travel plans

News Wire Digest fourth section for Sept. 9: Sunken Pere Marquette car ferry found after 110 years; Caltrain delays planned fare increase
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Wednesday midday rail news:

Amtrak adds confirmation requirement for multi-ride tickets

Effective Sept. 14, Amtrak will require passengers using multi-ride tickets to confirm their travel plans on specific trains and specific dates in advance as part of its effort to provide occupancy-rate information and allow for social distancing. Confirmations will be available up to 14 days before departure new RideReserve tool on Amtrak’s smartphone apps or at Amtrak.com, or before departure at staffed ticket windows. A list of the routes offering multi-ride tickets is available here; the confirmation requirement does not include California’s Capital Corridor or Pacific Surfliner.

Long-lost Pere Marquette shipwreck found in Lake Michigan
A Pere Marquette car ferry that sank on Lake Michigan has been found by divers 110 years after it sank, killing at least 29 people. The Pere Marquette 18, which sank Sept. 9, 1910 on its way from Ludington, Mich., to Milwaukee, was found earlier this summer by a pair of Minnesota shipwreck hunters, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The ship was found in about 500 feet of water offshore from Sheboygan, Wis. The ship was carrying 60 passengers and about 30 railcars when it started taking on water, and began jettisoning the cars into the lake to lighten its load. After hours of fighting to save the ship, it foundered suddenly, taking its entire crew and some passengers with it. Thirty-two people were rescued.

Caltrain postpones fare increases
Despite facing a $18.5 million budget shortfall, San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail service Caltrain has suspended planned fare increases at least through the rest of the current fiscal year. The San Francisco Examiner reports the move was to ensure the service remains accessible to the 3,500 daily riders who continue to use the service, most of them essential workers who have no other transportation alternative.




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