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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-05-2018

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26 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION "Our residents deserve to have access to a transit center that will help con- nect our region to the Boston market. The development will help drive our economy, create new housing, retail, and create employment opportunities for the two cities." Diossa noted that this station will also enhance educational opportuni- ties for local residents who will have easier access to regional landmarks and attractions. Construction will be led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., to be delivered through a design-build process expe- diting construction and navigating through the complexities of build- ing a new train station along the Northeast Corridor, one of the busi- est stretches of passenger rail in the country. The contractor will build the new bus hub simultaneously. The budget for the project is $47 million, and includes funding from a combination of sources including a competitive $13.1 million grant through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program and a $7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to RIPTA for the bus hub component. Additional Federal funds amount to $18 million, state funds $5.9 million, and the communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls are also providing funding to the project, jointly contrib- uting $3 million. Construction will begin immediate- ly and continue for three years, said state officials, reaching substantial completion in late 2021. That window accommodates lim- ited construction time periods along Amtrak's busy rail corridor, with much of the work only taking place during overnight hours when trains are not running. RIDOT expects that service would begin in the summer of 2022 after a thorough testing and commissioning period led by the MBTA to ensure smooth operations and passenger safety. The bus hub component is sched- uled to open by the end of 2020. This would relocate RIPTA's bus hub from its current location on Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket. The project also includes construc- tion of a Transit Emphasis Corridor, which will create dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes along Exchange Street and Goff Avenue, linking the new transit facility to the heart of down- town Pawtucket. TRAIN STATION From Page 24 Winter jacket, warm clothing giveaway for veterans in Providence Friday PROVIDENCE – The Providence VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Ave., and Operation Stand Down RI (OSDRI) will host its annual winter jacket and clothing giveaway, "Operation Keep 'em Warm," on Friday, Nov. 9, at the medical cen- ter, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Operation Stand Down will give away coats, gloves, hats, blankets and toiletries to homeless and low income veterans at the Providence VA Medical Center. OSDRI has more than a hundred coats as well as warm weather gear donated by the local community to give away. Raw 'Outcasts' film in Providence Saturday PROVIDENCE – The critically acclaimed film "Outcasts," a movie that "lays bare the lives of people on society's fringes" while it fol- lows the Catholic Franciscan Friars of Renewal in their work around the world, will be screened this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m., at the McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. The film is for mature audiences due to the raw nature of its content. Admission is free, and there is plen- ty of free parking. Pre-registration is requested. Register at www.mcvin- neyauditorium.com or phone (401) 278-4588. To learn more and see a film trailer, visit www.outcaststhe- movie.com. Following the screening of the 60-minute film, there will be a 30-minute question and answer period with director Joe Campo, and Father John Anthony, one of the Friars in the film. "Outcasts" was filmed in the prisons of Central America, and the dark streets of London, New York, and Ireland's most treacher- ous neighborhoods. It earned the "Best Justice Film" award last year in New York. The showing in Rhode Island is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island with the support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I. Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. ROSZKOWSKI Attorney at Law Serving the people & businesses of Northern R.I. for over 50 years. 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