By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A mass transit milestone was reached Monday with the inauguration of commuter rail service between Providence and Warwick.
Eighteen years of planning and construction led to this pivotal moment: the launch of commuter rail service between downtown Providence and T.F. Green Airport in Warick.
Governor Don Carcieri, who took the new train with a crowd of dignitaries, said it's the first time in 30 years Rhode Island has had train service between its two largest cities.
"This is really one of those great times where you see the federal government working with the state, the legislature, a neighboring state all coming together to build what people will see in years to come as a wonderful facility giving our citizens so many different options," Carcieri said.
The train service, which also links Providence to Boston, is provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
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