KINGSTON STATION RENOVATIONS AND HIGH-SPEED RAIL TRACK IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED
October 31, 2017
U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, and officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Amtrak joined together at the newly renovated Kingston Station to celebrate the completion of station upgrades and high-speed rail track improvements.
The $47 million project included a number of improvements to the historic station, including a new third track at Kingston Station, as well as construction of two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant platforms to provide level boarding at the station. The layout of the third track will enable the regional Amtrak trains stopping at Kingston Station to come off the main line, while high-speed Acela trains safely bypass them. The new ADA compliant platforms will provide easy access to trains for passengers with disabilities, families with children, and the elderly, while reducing boarding times for more efficient service.
Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), led efforts to secure $26.2 million in federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Grant funding for the project. After Florida Governor Rick Scott turned down nearly $2.5 billion in federal high-speed rail funding in 2011, Senator Reed, along with the other members of the delegation, worked with then-U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to reallocate a portion of those funds to help Rhode Island promote mobility along the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak contributed an additional $19.2 million in general capital funds to the project and RIDOT expended $1.8 million to complete the work.
“For more than 40 years, Amtrak has been providing intercity train service to Kingston Station – connecting residents and visitors throughout the state of Rhode Island and beyond,” said Tom Moritz, Amtrak Assistant Vice President of Infrastructure Access and Investment. “Through this valued partnership with the State, we can now ensure more reliable and accessible service for our customers and transform the way they travel.”
Kingston Station is served by nine daily round-trip Amtrak Northeast Regional trains, adding up to 161,000 annual trips at the station. The station is also served by RIPTA buses and is the terminus of a bike path, making it a true multimodal hub. Additionally, more than 2,295,224 Amtrak riders passed through Rhode Island in 2016.
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