Officials break ground on Wickford Junction rail station

Providence, R.I. – Commuter rail service is coming to South County. A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction on a new train station in Wickford.

A dozen state and federal officials took spades in hand to break ground for the new Wickford Junction commuter rail station.

The station will provide train service to T.F. Green Airport, Providence and Boston. State transportation director Michael Lewis says the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has agreed to provide the service.

"It's the same service that currently terminates in Providence today," Lewis says. " It will initially run south to the intermodal station in Warwick and then with the completion of this facility about 16 months from now right down here to Wickford Junction."

The project was authorized in 1998 but funded only recently. The pricetag, roughly 53 million dollars, will be bourne primarily by the Federal Transit Administration.