Firm studying Worcester-Providence commuter rail

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A newly formed company says it’s studying the feasibility of creating a commuter rail service between Worcester and Providence.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Boston Surface Railroad Company hopes to eventually introduce three trains a day between the cities, with a stop in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

General Manager Vincent Bono says an engineering study will determine what improvements would need to be made on the existing line for a 70-minute trip time. The study is expected to take six months.

The paper reports the project still has hurdles to overcome, including an agreement with Providence and Worcester Railroad. Railroad officials joined Bono Friday for a symbolic rail ride to Providence to launch the project.

The service is projected to cost about $3 million to set up and operate

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