Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is seeking proposals from construction companies to design and build its new commuter rail station in the US.

The new Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station will be close to the Pawtucket-Central Falls line, serving passengers that currently lack transport options. 

It is planned to be located near the intersections of Pine Street and Goff Avenue in Pawtucket.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said: "We look forward to putting shovels in the ground and Rhode Islanders to work by the end of this year building the Pawtucket-Central Falls Commuter Rail Station.

"The creation of this new, regional transit hub will strengthen public transit in Rhode Island and support economic growth in these two cities."

"This station is perfectly located to meet the needs of the residents of these two cities."

Construction of the station is expected to start later this year, with opening scheduled for late-2019. It will enable direct connection through Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) trains to Providence, Green and Wickford Junction stations in Rhode Island.

It will also link several stops on route to South Station in Boston.

RIDOT director Peter Alviti Jr said: "This station is perfectly located to meet the needs of the residents of these two cities, and certainly will aid in these communities' efforts to revitalise this area and create many economic development opportunities and jobs through transit-oriented development that comes along with well-positioned transit centres."

The rail station will have platforms for northbound and southbound service, connected by a pedestrian bridge overpass, ramps and stairs.