Governors Seeking Boston-Providence Express Trains

Two New England governors are pressing for express rail service between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said they have talked with Amtrak about the service as a way of alleviating traffic congestion in Greater Boston.

The governors spoke about their efforts during the National Governors Association’s Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit in Boston.

“We need more [rail service] and it has to be faster,” Raimondo said. “Having Just driven up here this morning, I can tell you the traffic is brutal.”

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is seeking to lease equipment from Amtrak to use in a pilot program of the express service.

Among the other challenges that need to be addressed before the service could begin are capacity and scheduling issues.

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