State budget plan would require MBTA to study electrification

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts state senate has signaled its support for efforts to electrify Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter trains, including a requirement to study electrification in the draft version of next year’s budget.

The Boston Globe reports the agency would be required to study electrification of its Providence and Fairmount lines and present a plan to make the transition from diesel powered trains by 2022.

The Globe reports the MBTA is already engaged in a broader study of electrification, with that study due in 2019. The office of Senate President Harriette Chandler, who supports the legislative action, says it is designed to add urgency to the process.

The full Globe report is available here.

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