Pawtucket-Central Falls MBTA Commuter Rail Station | Pine and Barton Streets | Pawtucket

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The cold rainy weather did not dampen the event or the enthusiasm of the many hundreds of attendees at the opening ceremony. They had a large tent in the parking area for the speaking portion before moving over to the station for the ribbon cutting. Nearly every top city, state, and federal politician in RI was on hand. Many from the engineering and construction trades that worked hard to make it possible were also well represented. This station was a long time in the making and today it was finally realized.

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Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Speaks
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The official ribbon cutting
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The cold rainy weather did not dampen the event or the enthusiasm of the many hundreds of attendees at the opening ceremony. They had a large tent in the parking area for the speaking portion before moving over to the station for the ribbon cutting. Nearly every top city, state, and federal politician in RI was on hand. Many from the engineering and construction trades that worked hard to make it possible were also well represented. This station was a long time in the making and today it was finally realized.

Photos from the event:

Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Speaks
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The official ribbon cutting
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good looking station, like the sign
 

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Besides the color this seems to be the first real look at the type of station that the mbta plans to build along the pike in newton. If this is the case then those should turn out really good as wel.
 

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Besides the color this seems to be the first real look at the type of station that the mbta plans to build along the pike in newton. If this is the case then those should turn out really good as wel.
Except...it wasn't the MBTA that built Pawtucket. It was RIDOT. RI follows the MBTA design guide for things like platform dimensions and accessibility, but the actual architecture was their own bag.
 

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Besides the color this seems to be the first real look at the type of station that the mbta plans to build along the pike in newton. If this is the case then those should turn out really good as wel.
Not that here is the right place to discuss this, but they did publish the 30% design renders for the Newton Stations back in 2021. Now, admittedly, to my eyes W. Newton and Newtonville look wildly overbuilt - I would have imagined that being relatively deep in the I-90 trench they could have gotten away with a "close to street level" bridge that doesn't necessarily require an elevator - and a single Headhouse.

 
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The station is already coming close to meeting its rather low passenger projections just days after its opening. There are also plans to double the present parking lot that has 200 spaces in the coming months.

I suspect the station is being helped by the benefit of free parking for the short term. I would imagine commuters that may have parked at either Providence or Attleboro are taking advantage of the cost savings. The state of RI had indicated that it anticipates that it will bid out the parking contract after some six months. The expectation is the selected company will then begin charging.

As an FYI, I went back to the station over the weekend and noticed it has temporary trailer bathrooms. The plan is for a permanent restroom structure to be built and maintained by RIPTA. Noticed that the parking lot at this time only has temp lights as well. looks like they were not able to get them in before the opening. The station could use more trash receptacles at the platforms and especially at the RIPTA bus shelters (where there are none). This will be one of the things that will need to be tweaked.

 
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How about some Transit Oriented Development instead of acres of free parking?
Also how's ridership on the R-Line and should it be extended North?
As far as TOD goes, there is a plan, ca 2016/2017, for substantial development around the station including on the site of the current parking lot. The problem is, afaik, no developers have yet bit - I think Pawtucket rents might not yet support the business case, so I think until the old mill buildings north of the station get redeveloped, parking is probably a "best interim use" of otherwise hard to redevelop land (being the old P&W rail yard, no telling what sort of environmental nastiness would need remediating.)

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The R-line is in the middle of a fare-free pilot, but pre- pilot it notched about 6k daily weekday riders, apparently about 16% of total system ridership - and, I believe as of the stations opening, was rerouted via it, unless you're thinking of further into CF?

As far as an extension into CF goes, I would imagine thats part of RIPTA's ongoing high capacity study from Warwick to CF, for which even LRT might be on the table.
 

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@Stlin , great stuff, thank you. Yes, I was thinking the R-Line should continue onward/northward to Central Falls
 

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