PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Transportation told 12 News they are hoping to open the new Pawtucket-Central Falls train station on Jan. 23, according to a spokesperson.
The new station will connect the MBTA Commuter Rail service with the R.I. Public Transit Authority’s bus service at Pine Street in Pawtucket.
The station will be part of the Providence/Stoughton line and was originally slated to open in summer of 2022.
The station will offer service between Boston and Wickford. It will also feature a surface parking lot for commuters.
According to RIDOT, state officials estimate the station will attract 520 daily boardings. The project cost an estimated $63 million, including both state and local funds.
Officials expect the station to generate economic development in the area.
Riders can currently catch the Commuter Rail at the Attleboro or Providence stations. The South Attleboro station has been closed since February 2021, due to “significant deterioration of the pedestrian overpass,” according to MBTA.
The announcement of the station’s opening date initially created some confusion, as the MBTA originally posted the same date as RIDOT on its website. The date was later removed and a spokesperson said they are still coordinating a date with RIDOT.