About the Project
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in cooperation with the City of Pawtucket, is considering alternatives to reintroduce commuter rail service into Pawtucket. The potential station would be located on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA’s) Providence commuter rail line.
The City of Pawtucket is located in Rhode Island along the Rhode Island-Massachusetts border, just north of Providence. Pawtucket has a population of approximately 71,000, making it the fourth most populous city in the State of Rhode Island. Thousands of commuters live in Rhode Island and work or attend school in Massachusetts, creating high demand for increased mobility. I-95 runs through the heart of Pawtucket, providing connections south to Providence and north to Boston. However, as commuters face increasing congestion in their travels, they are turning to alternate modes of transportation, including commuter rail. The nearest commuter rail stations to Pawtucket are South Attleboro Station to the north and Providence Station to the south, located three miles and five miles from the Pawtucket City Center, respectively. In an effort to encourage transit-oriented development, the City of Pawtucket’s Planning and Redevelopment Department (the “City”) has identified the need for an infill commuter rail station.
This project involves the use of federal funds, with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as the lead federal agency. The project is subject to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in accordance with NEPA regulations, this project will include the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA). In conjunction with the NEPA process, this project will also include preliminary engineering to support the environmental evaluation.