Worcester-Providence rail plans picking up steam

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Worcester residents on their way toward the numerous eateries, shopping venues and historic landmarks in and around downtown Providence may be able to avoid the often bustling traffic of Route 146 as early as the summer of 2018.

Privately owned Boston Surface Railway Co., run by executive director Vincent Bono, is gaining momentum with plans to launch a Worcester-Providence commuter rail line. The goal is to get passengers between the cities in less than 75 minutes and eventually even quicker. And then to possibly expand the line to other nearby commuter hubs.

Union Station

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Union Station

The company is in negotiations with city and railway officials on a timeframe to begin construction of a commuter rail platform at Union Station next summer and early fall 2017, according to Nicole Done, Boston Surface Railroad Co. director of communications.

The firm also recently relocated its headquarters to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where it plans to renovate One Depot Square for the lone initial stop on the Worcester-Providence line, according to the Valley Breeze of Lincoln, R.I.


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