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METRORail starts handing out citations for jumping fences


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The Metro Rail is scheduled to open on May 23. | File photo/The Cougar

METRORail has started handing out citations to students jumping the fence blocking the METRORail on Wheeler Street. METRO has been running safety tests before it opens on May 23.

“Obviously, we don’t want to see someone hit by a train because they crossed where they weren’t supposed to,” said METRO Media Specialist Monica Russo.

Citations handed out can reach up to $150. Designated crosswalks on the corners of Calhoun Road and Wheeler, Cullen Blvd. and Wheeler and in front of Cougar Village 2 have been established for students to get around the METRORail easier.

“Signs have been posted at rail platforms directing students to cross at the designated crosswalks,” Russo said. “METRO has also conducted several safety discussions.”

Once the rail is ready, though, students will have a fast, cheap way of getting around town.

“With the rail right next to my dorm, I won’t have to be confined to campus dining, or on-campus employment for that matter. Heck, if it was open now, I could have used it to go interview for my Rodeo internship this summer,” said corporate communication sophomore Kyle Knight. “Having it right next to me is going to save a lot of time and gas money, not only for me, but for other students too.”

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