Digest: Tropical storm Sally disrupts New Orleans passenger, freight service

News Wire Digest third section for Sept. 14: Sacramento to reconsider light rail proposal; maintenance to disrupt NJ Transit Atlantic City service
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More Monday morning rail news:

Approaching storm stops Amtrak, freight service to New Orleans

The approach of Tropical Storm Sally is affecting passenger and freight rail, and local transit. The latest information:

— Amtrak is canceling service in and out of New Orleans because of the storm. A notice on the Amtrak website reports the City of New Orleans scheduled to leave Chicago today has been cancelled, as has tomorrow’s scheduled departure from New Orleans. The Crescent, which normally operates between New York and New Orleans, will terminate and originate in Atlanta today through Wednesday, and the Sunset Limited will terminate and originate in San Antonio on Tuesday.

— Union Pacific reports the city of New Orleans closed its flood gates on Sunday, effectively ending rail interchange through the city until those gates are reopened.

— The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will suspend all streetcar and bus operation as of noon today in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Sally, WGNO-TV reports. The shutdown is until further notice.

Sacramento to reconsider light rail proposal
The Sacramento, Calif., Regional Transit board of directors will vote again on a proposal for a light rail line to West Sacramento, a proposal it has already turned down. The Sacramento Bee reports the proposed 1.5-mile line would run from Sacramento’s Amtrak station to the city’s minor-league baseball stadium. The original vote on Aug. 24 failed because it did not receive the required 50% approval under a weighted voting system [see “Digest: Metra says it is losing $1 million a month …,” Aug. 26, 2020], but one board member was not present; that member will be present this week and told the Bee he leans toward supporting the project.

Midday NJ Transit Atlantic City trains to be replaced by buses through mid-December
Buses will replace weekday midday trains on NJ Transit’s Atlantic City rail line beginning today through approximately mid-December as the agency performs infrastructure and track work. WPG Radio reports the rail line will be shut down from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. daily. Weekend trains will see buses replace trains between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to allow for bridge work.


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