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Metra taking extra safety precautions during pandemic

Metra says it is taking extra steps to ensure the safety of its staff and riders as the COVID-19 pandemic response continues.

Spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile said one car on every train is reserved for crew only, in an effort to limit exposure between passengers and Metra staff. Conductors continue assisting passengers to board and disembark at train stops.

In another effort to limit contact between crew and passengers, Metra suspended cash ticket sales on trains, suggesting riders buy tickets using the Ventra mobile app.

Other procedures involve announcements that encourage social . . .

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