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  1. My fare was collected on the RI trains that I rode on July 22. From what others have reported, it sounds like only UP isn’t collecting fares.
  2. Pace planned to move NW Division to the Allstate property at 1600 S Wolf Rd in Wheeling. I seem to recall the project has been delayed for some reason, but I can’t find the more recent information. It seems Pace removed the board minutes when they updated the website.
  3. New station building going up: The huge ridership decrease due to the pandemic allowed them to close off most of the parking lot for reconstruction: Platforms have been removed between Cedar Road and where the old building was. I’m not sure if they will be replaced, as the new station is meant to be farther from the crossing.
  4. As you know, there has been an ongoing dispute between Metra and Union Pacific. The UP wants Metra to take over operations on the three UP lines. UP has stated that they will discontinue some functions, and Metra has now asked the STB for an injunction to prevent this. Trains magazine article Metra press release
  5. Metra board awards construction contract for Peterson Ridge station
  6. The Verge: 15 States agree to follow California's new standards for electric vehicles.
  7. That's one of the RTA Budd cars.
  8. It is better to keep the parameters the same for consistency as ridership increases. Not only is that easier for passengers to understand, but it prevents them from being accused of data manipulation. It will be interesting to see how they alter the schedules if any trains start to get too crowded.
  9. 2766 moved back to Fox Valley: Route 533 has been extended to Africa. The school must have been moved there to help with social distancing:
  10. I went by South Holland a week ago and was surprised to see no New Flyers outside. It’s possible the deliveries are slow enough to keep all of them indoors there, or they are going directly to West. All they had in the yard was a bunch of 6600s which have been there for months.
  11. Metra will add trains on three lines starting June 29, including express trains on NCS and SWS.
  12. Here’s an interesting article from The Atlantic about the safety of transit during the pandemic: Fear of Transit Is Bad for Cities
  13. Pace resumes fare collection on Monday.
  14. CTA is now issuing Bus crowding reports based on a two-week rolling average. This is intended to help people comply with the suggestion to travel at off-peak times if possible.
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