NEC Projects


Kingston Station Capacity Expansion

Project Partners

  • Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
  • Amtrak

Project Benefits

  • New capacity for high-speed services
  • ADA Access
  • Modernized Facilities

Project Status


Available Funding

$41 M

Amtrak and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) have completed a $41 million improvement project at Kingston Station to improve train operations and the passenger experience along this stretch of the Northeast Corridor, while simultaneously paving the way for long-term transit planning in Rhode Island.

The project included the construction of two new high-level platforms that creates a safer, more efficient boarding process for all passengers, including full access for those with disabilities. The project also features the construction of a third track at Kingston Station which enables higher speed Acela trains to safely bypass regional trains stopping at Kingston. These improvements could also accommodate expanded commuter service in the future. The track improvements will also reduce congestion and minimize delays at a critical choke point in western Rhode Island, improving reliability and efficiency for all users of the busy Northeast Corridor.

The project was jointly funded by a $26.5 million High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR) grant through RIDOT; the remainder of the project funding was provided by Amtrak which managed design and construction of the project. A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the project's completion was held in October 2017 - read more here.