Friday, December 9, 2016

Road Trip Highlights Transit, Housing Synergies

Rep. Carlos Tobon, Mayor Donald Grebien 
and RI Housing Exec. Director Barbara Fields 
tour developments in Boston, MA
Plans to add a Pawtucket/Central Falls stop on the MBTA commuter-rail line are moving forward after Rhode Island was awarded a federal TIGER grant from the US Department of Transportation.  Rhode Island Housing hosted a bus tour to the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester to see the new Transportation Oriented Developments that were built following the opening of four new stations along the Fairmount Indigo line. 

These developments were spurred by access to transit hubs. They serve as an example of the increased investment opportunities that may arise near current train stations in Rhode Island in addition to the proposed station in Pawtucket.

Over 35 public and private community leaders from Rhode Island and Massachusetts participated, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, General Assembly members Sen. Elizabeth Crowley (D-District 16; Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Carlos Tobon (D-District 58; Pawtucket), and representatives from Warwick, Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls.