Metro Considers Mask-Only Railcars

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With COVID-19 cases on the rise around parts of the D.C. area, there’s a lot of talk about masks once again.

During a meeting Thursday, Metro said it is considering special “mask-only” railcars for riders who want to wear masks. An official said they're "actively looking into" the suggestion, although no policy changes have been announced yet.

Metro has never actually stopped encouraging riders to wear face coverings, but there has been no enforcement of masking since a federal judge struck down the mask mandate.

Metro’s Chief Safety Officer Theresa Impastato says Metro officials have been talking to New Jersey transit officials about how it would work, as that agency is also examining the issue.

Enforcement and potential confrontations could be an issue. For example, Impastato talked about problems in Amtrak’s quiet car.

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