DOT, city to host meeting Thursday on potential train station

DOT, city to host meeting Thursday on potential train station

PAWTUCKET - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the city of Pawtucket will hold an informational meeting this Thursday, May 1, to update the community on a potential commuter rail project in the city. An open house and question-and-answer session will start at 6 p.m. at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., to be followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

In 2012, a commission evaluated the feasibility and environmental impacts of a potential station in the vicinity of Dexter Street, located along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Providence line. DOT and city officials will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from the public on the project.

DOT officials are working closely with the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls on the train station project, which they say has the potential to spur economic development in this region of the state. The study is being funded by more than $2 million in federal, state and city funds. Depending on the outcome of this phase, and funding availability, the project could be advanced to the next phase of design.