Rhode Island Department of Transportation — Westerly Train Station Art Gallery

A creative solution developed by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation helped breathe new life into a historic train station by making it home to the local community’s art collective. After closing two years ago, the Westerly Station was boarded up in the heart of a thriving city. RIDOT wanted to find ways to provide commuters with wait areas and shelter while awaiting trains, while the state’s Congressional delegation sought ways to get federal funding to help make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. RIDOT worked closely with the town of Westerly, Amtrak, and local artists to turn the Westerly Train Station into an immersive art space. Completed in the summer of 2018, this $2 million restoration project provides space for commuters and travelers while also showcasing the city’s growing and vibrant local art scene.