RIDOT seeking proposals for new Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station

RIDOT seeking proposals for new Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Monday that it is now accepting proposals from construction companies to design and build Rhode Island’s newest commuter rail station, strategically located close to the line between Pawtucket and Central Falls.

The new Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station “would serve a built-in ridership that lacks robust transit choices, with many area residents having to drive to nearby commuter rail stations in Attleboro and South Attleboro, Mass.,” states a release.

The new station will be located near the intersections of Pine Street and Goff Avenue in Pawtucket, an area envisioned as a prime center for increased transit-oriented economic development, say officials.

“We look forward to putting shovels in the ground and Rhode Islanders to work by the end of this year building the Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo in a statement. “The creation of this new, regional transit hub will strengthen public transit in Rhode Island and support economic growth in these two cities.”

“I’m excited to take this important next step to begin the development of the train station,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. “As RIDOT seeks bids, Pawtucket and Central Falls continue to work together to position the train station district to be a transportation and business hub.”

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said the proposed station is “perfectly located” to meet the needs of residents and aid in both communities’ revitalization efforts.

“Central Falls would like to thank Governor Raimondo and Director Alviti for their leadership, prioritization and prompt action in making sure the process continues moving quickly and effectively in order to bring a train station to Pawtucket/Central Falls,” said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

Officials expect to award a design-build contract in early summer. The approach will shorten the overall timeframe to design and build the station, with ground set to be broken in late 2017 and the station opening in late 2019.

The station will provide a direct connection via Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) trains to Providence, T.F. Green and Wickford Junction stations in Rhode Island, as well as numerous stops en route to South Station in Boston. Ridership studies show the station will attract a high level of users, with an estimated 519 daily boardings.

The commuter rail station would include dedicated platforms for northbound and southbound service, connected by a pedestrian bridge overpass, ramps and stairs. To further increase transit connectivity, a future Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus hub will be built separately through a $7 million Federal Transit Administration grant.

The $40 million project is funded largely through the efforts of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation to secure $13.1 million through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

Pawtucket and Central Falls are also providing funding to the project, jointly contributing $3 million.

Comments

It's new math time in the state of Rhode Island!! Seems to me they're about 17 million short, oops wait make that 24 million just reread it and saw the 7 million mentioned for the buses was a separate item sorry. And then who's going to maintain it and be responsible for upkeep, Pawtucket,CF, the state? Just more examples of rushing things through with not thought to the future costs.