Public-Private Partnership: A Fast-Track Vision for Success
The Wickford Junction project is a true public-private partnership, combining the visions of the State of Rhode Island and Bob Cioe, a local private developer who envisioned a mixed-use commercial development on a property adjacent to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor with a commuter rail station.
Located along Amtrak’s main corridor within a 150-mph-rated speed zone, the new Wickford Junction multi-modal facility features a commuter parking garage with a lobby for ticket purchases, as well as bicycle parking and new roadways.
This four-story, design-build, pre-cast parking garage accommodates 1,100 cars and has 10 charging stations for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The design incorporates a “mill building” façade reminiscent of New England mill buildings constructed at the turn of 20th century.
The project also includes public lobbies, café, restroom facilities, bicycle racks, parking access and security controls, train ticketing facilities, and was designed to support two future levels.
Construction of the station started in September 2010 and was completed in March 2012 through a $25 million design-build contract with Manafort Brothers.