Federal grant awarded to plan for Amtrak stop at the airport
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received a $2.8 million federal grant to boost efforts to bring an Amtrak stop to the state’s main airport.
The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant was announced by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (LAN’-jih-vin) and David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE’-nee), who are all Democrats.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will use it to pay for further planning efforts between the state and Amtrak.
Currently, T.F. Green Airport is connected to Providence and Boston by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail line. Amtrak stops in Providence, Kingston and Westerly, Rhode Island.
The delegation says adding Amtrak service to the airport in Warwick could position the state to attract new investment, create jobs and enhance transportation options for residents and visitors.