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South Shore to return to regular service Monday, offering mask optional car

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The South Shore commuter line will resume regular service on Monday, June 8.

Updated schedules can be found at or on the South Shore’s mobile app.

The South Shore has also begun offering service alerts in the form of SMS/wireless text messages. For instructions on how to sign up, go to

In addition to SMS/wireless text messages, the South Shore will continue to provide important service updates via email notifications, the South Shore line’s website homepage ticker, the mobile app, station announcements, and social media.

Bikes on Trains

The South Shore’s Bikes on Trains program will also be reinstated on Monday, June 8, with the resumption of regular service. Bikes on Trains has expanded to 18 total weekday trains and bike cars will be available through October. Bike icons can be found on the South Shore timetable next to the specific train times that run cars equipped with bike racks. Bike-rack equipped train cars are also clearly marked with a bike symbol prominently located on the windows of the car.

For more information on the Bikes on Trains program, visit

Mask-Only Service Still in Place

The South Shore will continue to require riders to wear masks at stations and on the trains, to practice social-distancing, and to urge riders to take advantage of sanitation stations in each car.

However, “For those riders who choose not to wear a mask, we are offering a ‘mask-optional’ car,” the South Shore said.

The South Shore’s sanitization procedures include disinfecting seats, windows, crash pads, handrails, door handles, head rests, and grab handles. Each train car is mopped with a stringent disinfectant and fogged with disinfectant using state-of-the-art equipment, the South Shore noted.

Guidelines for passengers:

-- Utilize hand sanitation stations available on each train car.

-- Refrain from congregating in train vestibules.

-- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while on the train.

-- Wash hands frequently and follow CDC recommendations for hand-washing.

-- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when sneezing or coughing.

-- Respect the personal space of all passengers to the best of your ability.

-- Wear a mask or face covering while in stations or on the train. Crew members will direct riders to the mask-optional car.

“The South Shore line has always made passenger safety the highest priority of our service,” President Michael Noland said. “Recent times have caused us to put significant emphasis on one aspect of our service delivery involving the sanitization of our stations and equipment, which we have greatly enhanced. We are also taking added precautions that are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses. We want our riders to know that we have invested in new cleaning and sanitizing equipment and practices, along with the hiring of additional staff in preparation of returning to our regular schedule and the return of our riders to our system. We want to see every rider wearing a mask, as well as following our recommended health and safety guidelines.”


Posted 6/5/2020




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