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RI to receive $13M for commuter rail station

Rhode Island has been awarded a $13.1 million federal grant to build a new commuter rail station to provide service to Pawtucket and Central Falls.

Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced the award Wednesday. It's offered through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program.

Officials say Pawtucket and Central Falls have been seeking to restore passenger rail service to the area since it ended in 1981.

The new facility will be built between Dexter and Conant streets in Pawtucket at an estimated cost of $40 million. The two cities will provide a match of $3 million. The next phase of planning and acquisition is slated to begin this winter.

The state Department of Transportation will work with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to provide service at the station.

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