Amtrak closes Westerly train station

File Photo of Amtrak train "The Vermonter" (AP Photo)
File Photo of Amtrak train "The Vermonter" (AP Photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Amtrak has closed a century-old station building in southern Rhode Island but says trains will continue to pick up and drop off passengers at an outdoor platform.

The last ticketing agent stopped working at the Westerly station at the end of the business day Friday.

The restrooms and indoor waiting room have also closed.

The closest full-service stations are now 18 miles west in New London, Conn., and 22 miles northeast at Rhode Island’s Kingston station.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation owns the building and says it will look for a new tenant. It says it’s an attractive location because it’s in Westerly’s downtown commercial district.

The depot was built in 1912 in a Spanish Colonial Revival style with a terra-cotta tile roof. It was renovated in the 1990s.