- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The federal government is kicking in an additional $4.3 million for the Newport Gateway Center, which houses a transit hub and a convention and visitors’ bureau that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The state’s congressional delegation announced Thursday that the money will go to the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to pay for repairs and improvements. RIPTA already received $1.6 million in federal money to help rebuild the center after the storm.

The money is expected to cover 90 percent of the total cost of the project. The city of Newport has approved paying for the rest.

Sen. Jack Reed says the money will help RIPTA rebuild “stronger and smarter” by making the Gateway Center more resilient the next time a major storm hits.

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