Digest: New York MTA to fine passengers who don't wear masks

News Wire Digest fourth section for Sept. 10: NTSB issues preliminary report on UP Tempe derailment; East Troy resumes Dinner Train operations Sept. 26
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A Metro-North commuter train approaches 125th Street station in Harlem. Beginning Monday, those who refuse to wear masks on MTA subways, buses, and commuter trains will face a $50 fine.
TRAINS: David Lassen
The East Troy Electric Railroad will resume dinner train operations on Sept. 26, with five such operations planned for the fall.
East Troy Electric Railroad

Thursday midday rail news:

MTA to begin fining passengers who won't wear masks

Starting Monday, passengers who refuse to wear a mask on Metropolitan Transportation Authority subways, buses, or commuter trains will face a $50 fine. Lohud.com reports that MTA CEO Patrick J. Foye announced the new policy in a conference call Thursday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sarah Feinberg, interim president of the NYC Transit Authority. Feinberg said the fine is meant to help bring full compliance with the state’s mask order to ease concerns of commuters who have been avoiding public transit.

NTSB says 'all aspects' of Tempe derailment remain under investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board says all aspects remain under investigation in the July 29 Union Pacific derailment and fire in Arizona that damaged the bridge over Tempe Town Lake, as it continues efforts to determine the probable cause. An FBI investigation found no indication of criminal activity, according the preliminary NTSB report issued Thursday. Data recovered from onboard recorders indicates that the train was traveling at 23 mph at the time 12 of the train’s 97 cars derailed, and that Union Pacific estimated damage at $8 million to $10 million.

East Troy Electric Railroad to resume dinner trains
Wisconsin’s East Troy Electric Railroad will resume its popular dinner trains on Sept. 26, with limited seating to ensure social distancing and following installation of new air filters and air ionization systems on its equipment to ensure passenger safety. “This combination will reduce the risk for spread of any viruses,” Ryan Jonas, president of the East Troy Railroad Museum, said in a press release, “and provides a clean, fresh, and comfortable environment for our unique dining experience.” There will be five dinner train events, beginning with the Family Picnic Train on Sept. 26. Other dinner trains will operate Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24; the Oct. 17 train is sold out. For more information, or advance tickets, which are required, visit the dinner train page of the railroad website.




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