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Rhode Island Amtrak station to receive renovation funding

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (right) was joined by RIDOT and Amtrak officials in Providence, Rhode Island, to announce a $25 million funding package to renovate Providence Station.
Photo – Office of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed


U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) yesterday announced a $25 million funding package to begin renovation of Amtrak’s train station in Providence, Rhode Island.

The project will be financed with a $12.5 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, and will be matched by $7.25 million from Amtrak and $5.25 million from Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), according to a press release from Reed's office.

The project's scope includes adding interior space by enclosing an outdoor patio, creating a more accessible location for Amtrak police in the station, improving pedestrian access to and from Providence Place Mall, and major roof repairs. 

Providence Station is served by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter-rail system. The facility ranks 11th out of 530 Amtrak stations nationwide for ridership.  

“Right now, this station handles more than 1.5 million passenger trips a year,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. in a press release. “Those numbers demand a station that is modern, clean, safe and efficient. 

Reed is a ranking member of the Senate's Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

Reed previously led efforts to support Providence Station improvements by securing $5.2 million in federal funds for enhancements and $3 million for planning, design and environmental reviews. 


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