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On a sunny fall Tuesday 20 years ago, I was working in New York two short blocks from the Empire State Building. I learned of the first plane — and then the second plane — via a TV in our conference room. All of the office phones went out, including cellphones. I tried to send emails to my husband, parents and clients.

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I was traveling for work that day, having arrived in Galesburg, Illinois, as a railroad contractor the night before. Headed to breakfast, the radio mentioned a plane hitting the WTC. I figured a Cessna pilot fell asleep or something. After breakfast, the radio said a second plane hit. Somehow I knew instantly it was an attack and that bin Laden was behind it. When I arrived at the railyard offices, everyone was in stunned disbelief.

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The Transportation Security Administration extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses and on commuter bus and rail systems through Jan. 18, 2022, according to a press release.

(The Center Square) – Amtrak’s back to running its pre-pandemic schedule of five daily trains between Chicago and St. Louis, as Monday marked a resumption of the rail carrier’s full downstate service.