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Sat Aug 28, 2021, 11:11 AM

Can America's COVID-Battered Commuter Rail Make a Comeback?




Aug. 24—Commuter service railroads are looking to various approaches and partnerships to attract new riders and better serve the changing transportation habits in a post-pandemic world.

Of all the public transit services impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, commuter rail lines — which have often largely served white-collar office types traveling into and out of city centers — were the most impacted, seeing their ridership drop upward of 90 percent.

Since then, operators have reduced fares, adjusted train schedules and taken other steps to if not regain former riders, entice new ones.

"The recovery is going to have to be a much broader conversation, involving supporting partners to sustain, and eventually rebuild, ridership," said James M. Derwinski, CEO of Metra commuter rail in Chicago, during a recent listening session with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). .............(more)

https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/news/21235841/us-can-americas-covidbattered-commuter-rail-make-a-comeback




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 11:21 AM

1. Talk about a covid spreader. I can't imagine being in a small compartment

Full of people. Heck even 3 strangers is too many. I’d close them until this is over. They have compensation in the bills.

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Sat Aug 28, 2021, 11:42 AM

2. Of course if you are being ordered back to the office (and school)

Mass transit is the main way to get there

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 12:13 PM

3. Do The Windows Open?

If all the windows were open, it would be like riding around in a roller coaster car with a roof on it. Talk about your ventilation.

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