Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 26, 2011

Projo announces R.I. to get $26M from U.S. for electrified train track

Thu, Sep 22, 2011 | Bruce Landis  

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $82.7 million to improve passenger rail service in Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut and Vermont.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will get $26.2 million to design and build an electrified third track parallel to the Northeast Corridor’s main line, and a new platform for the station in Kingston.

The third track will let faster trains overtake slower ones, improving on-time performance for Amtrak and commuter trains, the federal agency said.Throughout the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston, $1.75 billion is being invested to improve service.

The Rhode Island DOT will get another $3 million for engineering and environmental reviews for handicapped-accessible platforms at the Providence station. That project includes improved parking and pedestrian access, station repairs, potential reconfiguration of transit circulation and drop-off facilities, tunnel improvements.

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