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PBN: The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Wickford Junction Station, image from RIDOT. “We started a few months ago, doing a deep dive looking into what the MBTA can do, what it can’t do and why,” [RIDOT Director Peter] Alviti said. “Peak periods [are] quite a challenge for them to be able to give us more frequency during rush hours.” The constriction relates to the design of …

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Both RIPTA and MBTA will serve Wickford Junction Station starting December 7, 2015

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence3 Comments

RIDOT and RIPTA today announced the expansion of bus service to the Wickford Junction Transit Center in North Kingstown. Effective Monday, December 7, 2015, this move will provide one-stop consolidated transit services, including rail, bus, and carpooling for commuting and easy access to shopping, sports, and other entertainment activities in Providence and Boston.

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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 …

And you want a train, and you want a train…

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Amtrak train at New London Station. Photo (cc) mjpeacecorps The Day of New London editorialized this week about our new train service to Wickford Junction. The gist of the editorial being they like more trains and want even more. Currently, New London is stuck in a bit of a train void, Shore Line East service to New London does not …

Wickford Junction Commuter Rail service to start April 23rd

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence11 Comments

RIDOT announced today commuter rail service to the new Wickford Junction Station in North Kingstown will start on April 23rd. The station will be served by 20 trips per weekday to T.F. Green, Providence, and points north. Travel times being 15 minutes to Warwick, 35 minutes to Providence, and under two hours to Boston\’s South Station.

Wickford Junction Station

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Photo (cc) EdKopp4 Update Reports from the Wickford Junction Station groundbreaking state that the FTA announced that they have just authorized the release of nearly $2M in federal funds to RIDOT for preliminary engineering of a proposed MBTA commuter rail stop in Pawtucket. WPRI has all the commuter rail details from the groundbreaking today of the Wickford Junction Station. The …

RIDOT announces preliminary Warwick rail schedule

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

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 …

South County rail moves forward

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Rendering of Wickford Junction parking garage from Wickford Junction The Providence Business News reports that the town of North Kingstown has amended zoning to allow for the construction of a 1,077 car parking garage at Wickford Junction. Developer, The Cioe Companies plans to expand the existing plaza (anchored by a Walmart) into a mixed use transit oriented development featuring an …