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Media Advisory: RIDOT, City of Pawtucket to Hold Public Meeting on Potential Commuter Rail Station

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the City of Pawtucket will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, May 1, 2014, to update the community on a potential commuter rail project in Pawtucket. In 2012, we worked with the City to commission a study that will evaluate 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 (MBTA) Providence line. RIDOT and City representatives will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from the public on this project.

WHEN:

Thursday, May 1, 2014. An open house and question-and-answer session will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting. Individuals who speak languages other than English or Spanish, or who are hearing impaired, may contact RIDOT at 401-222-2450 or customerservice@dot.ri.gov on or before April 28, 2014, to request an interpreter.

DIRECTIONS:

From I-95 North, take Exit 28 (School St.) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn right at the second traffic signal. The Visitor Center is on the left. From I-95 South, take Exit 27 (George St./Downtown) and turn right onto George St. Continue onto Park Place, then turn right onto Main Street. The Visitor Center will be on your left. Those using public transportation can take one of several buses to the nearby Pawtucket Transit Center. For schedule and route information, visit www.ripta.com.

BACKGROUND:

RIDOT is working closely with the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls on the project, which 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.

Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450

Related links

Department or agency: Department of Transportation

Online: http://www.dot.ri.gov

Release date: 04-25-2014

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