Rail News – MetroLink and Sound Transit move to testing and servicing single-track light rail. For railway professionals
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Subway Transit-St. Louis launches a two-week pilot program to test single-car MetroLink train service. Normally operating on a two-car system, single-car service will provide benefits such as improved efficiency for security patrol, reduced wear and tear, and more efficient service suited to the current level of ridership, have agency officials said in a press release.
“We need to challenge ourselves as a transit agency to become more flexible as our customer base changes,” said Taulby Roach, president and CEO of Bi-State Development, which operates Metro Transit. -St. Louis system.
The one-car strategy has already been implemented during major winter storms as an emergency measure to keep trains moving as ice builds up on power cables.
Meanwhile, Sound Transit yesterday began four weeks of rail grinding maintenance on the Link light rail tracks along Line 1 at University of Washington Station and further south, officials said. the agency in a press release.