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The Valley Breeze: Momentum building for Pawtucket train station

In Pawtucket, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportation by Greater City Providence13 Comments

Development of a future commuter rail station in the city’s Barton Street neighborhood, once little more than a dream, is now a good possibility within the next few years, said state officials last week. City officials in Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls say the train station would be a “game changer,” functioning as an economic driver and providing convenient transportation …

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Aaron M. Renn: For Commuter Rail, Better Service to Boston, Not Southward Expansion

In Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Reader Submissions, Transportation by Aaron Renn53 Comments

MBTA Commuter Rail passing under Providence Place. Photo (cc) Sean_Marshall. Rhode Island recently spent a large sum of money to extend MBTA commuter rail service south to TF Green Airport and Wickford Junction. Both of them feature large parking garages (although the TF Green Interlink facility is for more than rail transit) that are not typical of suburban train stations …

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New Hampshire seeks MBTA Commuter Rail expansion

In Transportation, Video by Greater City Providence1 Comment

There is some precedent for the MBTA running interstate service: Rhode Island’s funding for its recent extension of the Providence line to serve T. F. Green International Airport in Warwick and Wickford Junction. Current estimates are New Hampshire might have to kick in $10 million to $12 million annually to support a Lowell line extension into the Granite State.

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Free rides from Wickford Junction

In Transportation by Greater City Providence16 Comments

Commuter rail train at Wickford Junction. Photo from RIDOT. RIDOT announces “Wickford Wintertime Wednesdays.” Six Wednesdays from January 23, 2013 to February 27, 2013 RIDOT will provide free roundtrip commuter rail fares from Wickford Junction Station to Providence as well as free parking at the Wickford Junction Garage. This program is to encourage commuters to try the commuter rail service …

Public comment on Northeast Corridor rail plan through Sept. 14th

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Federal Railroad Administration is running a planning program of future needs along the Northeast Corridor rail system and encourages public input: Welcome to NEC FUTURE, a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), launched by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in February 2012. FRA’s work will include new ideas and approaches to …