On Friday, April 1, the office of Congressman Jim Langevin announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.5 million grant to the R.I. Department of Transportation.
The award will be used to maintain the freight rail lines that serve Quonset Point, and help to fund the new commuter rail service scheduled to begin in 2012 from North Kingstown according to Jonathon Dworkin, Langevin's communications director.
Congressman Langevin's office said he strongly supports the existing commuter rail service from Warwick to Boston, and he wants to ensure the best possible rail system for South County.
“I am pleased to see the continued development of South County Commuter Rail with the economic benefits it brings to the region," Langevin said. "We must properly maintain the infrastructure we have in place and expand it for Rhode Island to best compete. The effort to provide more links from South County to Providence and Boston, including through the Wickford Junction project, means more opportunities for South County businesses and residents.”