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Brownfields Case Study

WARWICK TRAIN STATION PROJECT

at T.F. GREEN AIRPORT

FACT SHEET

Background

  • TEA 21 authorized $25 million for the development of an Amtrak/commuter rail station and automated people mover connection from the Northeast Corridor to T.F. Green Airport.
  • The Northeast Corridor is located approximately 1,500 feet west of the Airport. It is the closest intercity rail-to-air connection in the country.
  • Since 1995, the City of Warwick has proposed a redevelopment of the area between the railroad and the airport terminal. In January, 1999, the City adopted the Warwick Station Redevelopment District to oversee the redevelopment of 70 acres.
  • RIDOT initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) in August, 1998 to identify the potential environmental impacts associated with the train station/people mover.

Purpose & Need

  • The project has the following primary purposes:
    • Transportation: To relieve peak hour traffic congestion both on the I-95 corridor and the adjacent roadways to the Airport, in addition to providing an alternate mode of travel for area residents to access jobs in Providence and Boston.
    • Economic Development: To support and enhance the City's redevelopment efforts within the adjacent Warwick Station Development District.
    • Environmental: To improve air quality adjacent to the Airport, and to provide for the cleanup and removal of hazardous materials from the train station sites.

Environmental Assessment (EA)

  • During the EA process, four (4) public meetings were held since August, 1998 to seek public input for both the EA scoping phase, evaluation of station sites and environmental impacts.
  • A final EA was completed and made available for public review in May, 1999.
  • FHWA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on July 6, 1999.
  • The EA assessed the effects of the Preferred Alternative on several environmental categories, such as land use; economic; air quality; water quality; hazardous waste and historic/archaeological.

Consolidated Intermodal/Rental Car Facility

  • In the Summer 2000, RIAC initiated is master planning process for the T.F. Green Airport. A concept was explored to relocate and consolidate nine (9) rental car agencies serving the Airport into one facility to be located adjacent to the train station.
  • To date, a concept has been agreed upon by RIDOT, RIAC and rental car agencies. The approved concept includes a seven (7) level parking facility to extend from the west side of tracks (Leviton property), spanning the tracks connecting to the east side (Baylis property). People mover would be built and opened with the rental car facility.
  • RIDOT conducted a public meeting on December 18, 2000 to present the concept to the public. The concept has been well received to date.
  • Estimated cost for a consolidated and integrated facility is currently being developed. However, it is anticipated to be in the $130M to $150M range.
  • RIAC has received signed Memorandums of Agreement from all the rental car agencies. A final concession agreement is currently being negotiated.

Design Status

  • A 35% design submission was completed on 5/11/01, and is under review.
  • Design on the consolidated intermodal facility is at the conceptual stage and continues to evolve.

Warwick Station Redevelopment District

  • The Warwick Station Redevelopment Agency (WSRA) has selected Bulfinch as the prime developer for the adjacent 70 acre Warwick Station District. Bulfinch is currently in the property acquisition phase.

Project Schedule

  • Environmental
    • Baylis Clean Up Contract: Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion Date: August, 2001 (System Installation)
  • Station Design
    • Final Design: Fall, 2001 & Spring, 2002
  • Construction
    • Begin Station Construction/Groundbreaking: Spring, 2002
  • Operating Train Station: December, 2002
  • Complete Rental Car Facility w/People Mover: 2004

(REV by Department of Transportation. 5/17/01)

page last updated: 04/03/03

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