Stressing his support for maintaining robust investments in Rhode Island's infrastructure, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline took part in this morning's grand opening of the Wickford Junction Train Station and Garage.
"The opening of this station at Wickford Junction is exciting for Rhode Island and a good example of the importance of investing in infrastructure and transportation projects that will help put Rhode Islanders back to work and get our state's economy back on the right track. Along with Congressman Langevin, I will continue to fight for passage of the Senate Transportation bill which would support 9,000 jobs for Rhode Islanders," said Cicilline.
Cicilline joined Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael Lewis, and members of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation for the event. Cicilline arrived for the grand opening via an MBTA passenger train that left Providence Station this morning. Following the event, the train departed for T.F. Green Airport before dropping its passengers off at Providence Station.
The Wickford Junction Train Station and Garage was successfully completed following collaboration between RIDOT and the private developers of Wickford Junction. Serving commuters who otherwise would take the Route 4/I-95 corridor, Wickford Junction is a critical component of the South County Commuter Rail expansion. The new station will serve an estimated 1,400 commuters.
During his first term in Congress, Cicilline has highlighted the importance of strong infrastructure investments. An original cosponsor of MAP-21, Cicilline urged Speaker John Boehner to act on the Senate Transportation bill earlier this month.