RI announces facelift for Providence Train Station

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island is planning an estimated $5 to $6 million facelift for the Providence Train Station.

The plan announced Wednesday includes reconstructing the station plaza, creating a new drop-off area for buses and taxis on Gaspee Street, and improving pedestrian walkways on the side of the station facing the Providence Place mall.
Department of Transportation Chief of Intermodal Planning Stephen Devine says $1 million in federal highway will be used to start the project. He says officials are looking for other funding sources.
A second phase of the project entails engineering and environmental reviews to look at long-term high-speed rail improvements at the station. Devine says $3.75 million in federal and state funds have been set aside for that project.