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6:47 am
Wed August 18, 2010

RI officials plan ground breaking on new train station

Providence, R.I. – A new train station that will extend commuter rail service from Boston to North Kingstown is being celebrated by state and local officials.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday on the station at Wickford Junction. Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Director Michael P. Lewis says train service provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is expected to start by the end of next year.

The station is part of a larger project to extend commuter rail service from Providence to Warwick to South County. Work is being completed on a new station at T.F. Green Airport, which is scheduled to open this fall.

Sen. Jack Reed, who helped secure $43 million of federal money for the station, says it will help the state's economy and environment and ease congestion.