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RIAC & Warwick City Council reach agreement on airport runway expansion

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Providence Business News has information on the agreement between the Warwick City Council and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) which will allow the runway expansion project at T.F. Green to finally move forward.

The agreement includes details on which houses in the area will be taken or sound-proofed, provisions to relocate a ball field which will be taken by the expansion, agreements on monitoring air and water in the area, and signage and promotional materials about Warwick.

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Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green to increase

Commuter Rail train at T.F. Green Station

MBTA Commuter Rail train at T.F. Green Station. Photo from RIDOT.

The Governor, RIDOT, and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation announced today that MBTA commuter rail service to T.F. Green Airport’s station at the Interlink will almost double starting November 14th.

The biggest gripe about the Interlink service since it started last December has been the timing of the trains. Few people have been able to take advantage of the train service to connect to flights at the airport. The initial service was always set to increase once the station at Wickford Junction came online and initial service was more catered to commuters heading to Boston than to people needing to reach the airport. Wickford Junction station is slated to come online sometime in April (it is currently ahead of schedule!); this early boost in T.F. Green service is welcome news.

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Yikes! Planes collide on New York runway

Air France Flight 7 F-HPJD bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate at Kennedy, one of the nation’s busiest airports.

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Ride on the Interlink

Yesterday I decided to return my rental car early to the airport, rather than today to Dorrance Street (glad I did). So after dropping off the car, I took a ride on the Interlink:

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The rental car area is like an airport check in. It looks quite nice actually.

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I actually walked most of the way, but some people took the moving sidewalks as an opportunity to relax (and enjoy the view?).

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I thought it was nice and shiny and clean, and importantly yesterday, warm.

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For realz this time. Commuter rail to T.F. Green Dec. 6


Photo (cc) Mr. Ducke

It is not a trick, RIDOT issued a press release and everything. Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts on December 6th.

Trains will depart from T.F. Green, inbound to Providence/South Station, at the following times:

  • 6:13 a.m.; 6:52 a.m.; 7:15 a.m. – To Providence and South Station
  • 6:27 p.m.; 7:36 p.m.; 7:51 p.m. – To Providence only, change train at 8:12 p.m. to continue to South Station

Trains will arrive at T.F. Green, outbound from Providence/South Station, at the following times:

  • 6:01 a.m.; 6:25 a.m. – Arriving from Providence only
  • 6:17 p.m.; 6:53 p.m.; 7:26 p.m. – Arriving from South Station and Providence

The one-way fare between Providence and the airport it only $0.25 more than it costs to take the bus.

Ticket fares will vary by distance traveled. Travel between T.F. Green and Providence constitutes travel in two zones and costs $2.25 each way. Travel between T.F. Green and Boston costs $8.25 each way. Seniors and persons with disabilities get 50 percent off. Children age 11 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Monthly passes for unlimited travel between Providence and T.F. Green cost $77. Monthly passes for unlimited travel between T.F. Green and Boston cost $265, which also includes travel on all MBTA buses and subways and the Inner Harbor Ferry.

Schedule information can be found on the MBTA website. Fare information can be found at here.

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…It says it does, but it really doesn’t


Photo (cc) Eric Kilby

So, I’ve been hearing from all around town that MBTA service to T.F. Green starts on Monday. There is even a schedule [.pdf] posted on the MBTA website. So I posted about it.

Then PBN posted about it. Then I got an email from Ted Nesi. Ted tells me that the Governor’s spokeperson said, “no.” Service is not starting on Monday.

Then I email RIDOT for a statement and got this response from Charles St. Martin:

While the entire schedule (for all stops from Providence to Boston) goes into effect on Nov. 22, the service to and from the Airport is not starting on Monday.

So that sounds weird, but what it basically means, is that the new MBTA schedule is out, they change from time to time just as RIPTA’s do, and while the T.F. Green run is listed on this new schedule, the service will not actually start on Monday.

This is all well and good, and I understand that, but check out the schedule the MBTA has posted. All I see is this:

Notes: This schedule is effective from November 22, 2010 and replaces the schedule of January 11, 2010.

And the schedule lists service running to/from T.F. Green. No disclaimer anywhere about that service not being active yet. No asterisk, no notation, no thought-bubble. So you can see the confusion.

I’ve heard from a number of people who were under the impression that the trains were running Monday. I wonder how many people will be on the platform at 6:13am Monday morning waiting for a train.

I did also ask Mr. St. Martin if there was any update on when service actually will start and it is still set to start, “sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Update:

The MBTA just updated the Providence line page.

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Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts…


Image from RIDOT

No train service Monday, it was all in our imagination, and in a .pdf schedule released by the T. See all the details on the drama here.

It is not the perfect schedule by far, but it is a start. Trains will begin running to the new station at T.F. Green on Monday.

Weekday only service is scheduled as follows:

T.F. Green to Providence and South Station
T.F. Green Providence South Station
6:13am 6:33am 7:45am
6:52am 7:12am 8:16am
7:15am 7:35am 8:51am
6:27pm 6:42pm N/A
7:36pm 7:51pm N/A
7:51pm 8:06pm N/A


South Station and Providence to T.F. Green
South Station Providence T.F. Green
N/A 5:41am 6:01am
N/A 6:00am 6:25am
5:00pm 6:06pm 6:17pm
5:40pm 6:42pm 6:53pm
6:10pm 7:11pm 7:26pm



As expected, these hours are largely beneficial for a commuter from the Warwick/South County area to Boston. There are also reverse commuting options from Providence to the airport. I believe those are partially intended to allow airport workers to reverse commute down to the airport and may serve some utility for passengers grabbing shuttle flights in the early morning.

But I suspect looking at this schedule most will complain about the cost of the station for such a meager offering of service. All that can be said is this is preliminary service; service will expand when the Wickford Junction Station opens late next year.

Download the full Providence Line schedule as effective Nov. 22nd at MBTA [.pdf].

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InterLink to open October 27th

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(September 20, 2010) – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is pleased to announce Wednesday, October 27, 2010 as the opening day of the InterLink, the region’s new transportation hub. At this time, rental car companies will be fully operational in the garage. The customer service building will also be open along with the Skywalk connecting to the airport terminal. Intercity bus services will be stopping at the Interlink via Jefferson Boulevard.

“RIAC, working together with project partners RIDOT, FHWA, and the rental car operators want to ensure travelers a first-class customer experience,” said Kevin A. Dillon, President & CEO of RIAC. “We look forward to the October 27th opening of the InterLink and expect the much anticipated train service to commence soon thereafter.”

The InterLink Project Team is comprised of Rhode Island based Construction Manager Gilbane Building Company, Designer of Record Jacobs Engineering Company and Project Manager PB Americas. Gilbane will have the facility completed within the original contract timeframe; by the end of September. From there, the rental car companies will finish their fit out and detail work.

Dillon added, “I would like to commend the team of Gilbane, Jacobs and PB. They have been thorough in their work on the InterLink while remaining within the project budget and mindful of project schedule considerations and day-to-day airport operations.”

To prepare for the move, there are public education efforts underway to assist the public with the new path of travel. Highway, roadway and building signage will be modified and new signage will also be added. The pvdairport.com Web site will be expanded to include a section devoted to the InterLink.

On the evening of Tuesday, October 26th after the final flight arrives at T. F. Green Airport, the rental car operators will close their counters at the terminal. Beginning the morning of October 27th all travelers returning vehicles or picking up vehicles will do so at the InterLink.

It is important for travelers to note that the InterLink is located at 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. The recommended path of travel is Interstate 95 to Exit 13, to the Jefferson Boulevard exit. At the end of the Jefferson Boulevard exit ramp, turn left onto Jefferson Boulevard and the entrance to the InterLink parking garage will be .3 of a mile on the right.

To learn more, visit pvdairport.com.

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RIDOT announces preliminary Warwick rail schedule


Photo © RIDOT

With train service to the InterLink (aka the Intermodal Station) at T.F. Green Airport in October, RIDOT is busy planning the routes for the service. Good news, the schedule will include reverse commuting options.

Reverse commuting means trains running in the opposite direction of the typical peak direction, in the morning for example, the peak direction would be northbound toward Providence and Boston. The concern had been by some that people would not be able to commute to Warwick and the airport from Providence in the morning, stifling future development around the station, and preventing people from being able to access morning flights via the train.

The schedule tentatively includes 3 trains leaving Warwick in the morning heading north to Providence and onto Boston with 2 trains running from Providence to Warwick. In the evening, 3 trains from Boston will pass through Providence and continue to T.F. Green, and 2 or 3 trains will run from Warwick and terminate in Providence.

A full schedule with specific times is still being worked on.

RIDOT also continues negotiations with Amtrak to bring have their trains stop at the new station.

In other Rhode Island Commuter Rail news, a groundbreaking for the proposed station at Wickford Junction is scheduled for this Wednesday. The station at Wickford Junction is scheduled to open in 2011.

Of course with the addition of Wickford Junction service, RIDOT and the MBTA will have to revisit commuter rail schedules, hopefully further expanding service to T.F. Green at that point.

Related:
Airport’s station to get new routes [ProJo]

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