PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is planning to join state transportation and Amtrak officials to announce federal funds to help modernize Providence station.

The Rhode Island Democrat plans to make the announcement Monday at the station.

Reed said the money will help overhaul the station, make interior renovations to expand the building's footprint to the west and reuse existing space, while also making repairs to the roof and improving connectivity to Providence.

The improvements will also anticipate future growth.

Reed had earlier helped secure $5.2 million in federal funds for enhancements and $3 million for planning, design, and environmental reviews.

Providence Station ranks 11th out of more than 530 Amtrak stations nationwide for ridership. State transportation officials said the modernization will benefit about two million annual intercity and commuter rail riders.

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