Pawtucket awarded $5.6M in federal funding for bus upgrades

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The city of Pawtucket has been awarded $5.6 million in federal grants for bus facility upgrades and service improvements.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien announced the funding awarded through a Federal Transit Administration grant program.

They say RIPTA plans to build a bus hub that will be adjacent to a commuter rail station planned near the border with Central Falls. The rail station is expected to open by 2020.

The bus hub project is expected to cost about $7 million. Pawtucket, RIPTA and the state are also helping pay for it.

The Democratic mayor says the city wants to create a multimodal transit hub that will allow everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists, to easily travel to and from Pawtucket.

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