Pawtucket & Central Falls Railroad project gets $850K financial boost
PAWTUCKET, RI (WLNE) – Construction to improve the Pawtucket and Central Falls Railroad District will continue with a $850,000 boost from state funding.
The future commuter rail and bus station on Central Fall and Pawtucket border broke ground in November 2018 and was supposed to open in early 2021. Granted that prediction for the grand opening was made before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the meantime, local lawmakers including Gov. Dan McKee, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, and Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera held a press conference Tuesday to announce a funding boost of $850,000 from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.
The project has cost around $58 million so far.
Upon completion the station will have routes that connect Boston to Providence, T.F. Green airport, and Wickford. Officials say the project will also create a better connection between the MBTA commuter rail service and RIPTA.
The project is said to be finished by Summer 2022.