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Today, M8 electric trains will begin operating on the Shore Line East commuter-rail line in Connecticut.
The M8 electric multiple units (EMUs) represent a milestone for the rail line, which will no longer be served by diesel-powered trains, state officials said in a press release issued by Gov. Ned Lamont's office.
Lamont, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti, Federal Railroad Administration Railroad Safety Specialist Peter Lapre, MTA Metro-North Railroad President/Long Island Rail Road Interim President Catherine Rinaldi, Amtrak Assistant Vice President Tom Moritz and local officials gathered yesterday to launch the new vehicles.
The EMUs emit no carbon emissions and include additional amenities for riders, such as electrical outlets at each seat, brighter interior spaces, updated restrooms, higher seat backs and improved luggage racks.
"We are speeding up transportation in the state and saving people time in their day. At the same time, we are fighting climate change by investing in cleaner, greener transportation," Lamont said. "We are making investments in statewide rail travel and delivering on the promise to make our trains faster, quieter and more efficient."