- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Local and state officials are celebrating improvements to the Providence train station.

Mayor Jorge Elorza, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and officials from the state Transportation Department and the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority recently announced the completion of nearly $7 million in upgrades.

The funds were used to add amenities for bicyclists, update signs, improve landscaping and create a more welcoming space for riders. They also fixed water seepage in the station’s garage.

Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, helped obtain the federal funds.

Officials say the station attracts more than one million Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority passengers each year.

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