Latest news I saw was that the project went over budget and is being scaled back
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... wn-delayed
Rhode Island is slimming down the planned Pawtucket-Central Falls commuter rail station as the estimated cost of the project swelled beyond its $40-million budget.
The changes will likely set the start of work back six months as the R.I. Department of Transportation rebids the project using a new design no longer including two new sets of track. Work is now slated to begin at the end of the year instead of this summer.
Stephen Devine, chief of the DOT’s transit office, said the change was spurred by federal railroad officials concluding that building a new set of tracks for the Pawtucket station off the busy Northeast Corridor main line was not necessary.
“They own the Northeast Corridor and wanted to try to scale down the amount or track-side infrastructure that was going to drive up the cost of the project,” Devine said. “This gives us a great opportunity to make it a much simpler station with less infrastructure.”
Devine said the estimated cost of the original design was nearing the $50-million mark, but getting rid of the siding tracks and associated switches, signals and other systems should keep it within the $40-million budget.