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Historic train station reopens in Rhode Island

August 17, 2018

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A historic train station in Rhode Island has reopened.

The state Department of Transportation says the Westerly Train Station reopened Friday.

The station closed in 2016 after serving train passengers since 1912. Trains continued to pick up and drop off passengers at an outdoor platform.

The DOT says the station closed after Amtrak switched to online and smartphone ticketing.

The state worked with the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly to reopen it, to provide an indoor waiting area, access to restrooms and a new arts venue.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the reopening provides a vital service to the public while expanding the cultural fabric of the community.

The station will be open Wednesday through Sunday for Amtrak’s regional trains.

The state DOT owns the building and has renovated it.

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