Digest: Another DC Metro train separates while moving

News Wire Digest for Nov. 25: NJ Transit service still suspended after derailment; new travelers requirement in LA

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Wednesday morning rail news:

Moving DC Metro train separates, prompting removal of cars from service

Two cars of a DC Metro train separated Tuesday while the train was in motion, the second such uncoupling incident in two months. The Washington Post reports the train separated inside a Red Line tunnel about 1 p.m.; 12 passengers were evacuated by emergency responders. No one was injured. The incident led to the closure of the line for several hours, and promoted the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to remove all 6000-series cars from service. Those Alstom-built cars, which entered service in 2006, are the second-newest set in the Metro fleet. Another uncoupling incident occurred on the Red Line on Oct. 9, leaving 108 customers stranded on board until they could be evaluated [see “Digest: Commission investigating separation of moving DC Metro train,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 12, 2020]. The investigation of that accident led the independent Washington Metrorail Safety Commission to call for better training of Metro personnel to understand their role in the wake of an accident [see “Digest: Safety commission says evidence of DC Metro train separation was tampered with,” News Wire, Oct. 21, 2020].

NJ Transit service on North Jersey Coast Line still suspended after derailment
Modified service will continue through today on NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line as a result of a Tuesday morning derailment in Perth Amboy, N.J. Rail service will remain suspended between Perth Amboy and New York Penn Station, with bus service providing a connection between South Amboy and the Metropark station. Normal service is continuing between South Amboy and Bay Head. See the NJ Transit website for more information.

Train, air travelers to LA now required to sign virus form
As of today, travelers arriving at Los Angeles Union Station — or at the city’s airports — must sign a form acknowledging California’s 14-day quarantine advisory. The Los Angeles Times reports LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the form on Monday, which requires those arriving to acknowledge an advisory to self-quarantine and limit interactions to their immediate household. Failure by those ages 16 and over to fill out the form could lead to a fine of up to $500. The form is available here.

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