Transit advocacy group recommends changes to commuter line

February 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts transit advocacy group is proposing changes to make the train commute from Providence to Boston faster.

The group TransitMatters released a report Tuesday saying that an overhaul of the Providence line of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority could cut the trip between the cities from 70 minutes to 42 minutes.

The Providence Journal reports the group recommends abandoning the diesel locomotives currently pulling the trains in favor of less expensive electric cars like those used on the commuter railroad between Connecticut and New York City.

The group also recommends building full-length, raised platforms for the eight stations that currently don’t have them in order to reduce boarding times.

TransitMatters’ report doesn’t give a cost estimate for the upgrades but suggests Rhode Island and Amtrak should share the expense.

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