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Providence and Worcester, New England Central forge 'Great Eastern Route' alliance


Yesterday, Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. (P&W) and the New England Central Railroad (NECR) announced they formed the Great Eastern Route, a new coordinated commercial and operating platform.

The strategic alliance will increase the partners’ collective business with CN and Canadian Pacific by targeting southern New England shippers, who can enhance their global access through area port facilities, P&W and NECR officials said in a joint statement.

In the past five years, the two railroads have jointly invested significant capital in infrastructure improvements along with the states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and the federal government, they said.

“These investments enhance our service and, combined with this new commercial and operating relationship, will provide the basis for a greatly improved customer experience aimed at growing our collective business across all commodity lines,” P&W and NECR officials said.

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