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RIDOT announces start of commuter rail service at Wickford Junction Train Station

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the start of commuter rail service at the new Wickford Junction Train Station and Garage, 1011 Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown, RI. The Monday through Friday service will offer commuters 20 trips per day.

Travel time from Wickford to Warwick will be about 15 minutes, Wickford to Providence is about 35 minutes, and it's less than two hours from Wickford to Boston's South Station. This train service is expected to help alleviate peak hour congestion along the Route 4 and I-95 corridor.

"Expanded commuter rail service to Wickford is just over two weeks away," said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. "This additional service has been highly anticipated and should help alleviate congestion on our roadways."

Trains leaving Wickford Junction that are headed inbound to Warwick T.F. Green, Providence and South Station depart at the following times: 4:50 a.m., 5:58 a.m., 6:37 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:40 p.m., and 10:10 p.m.

Trains leaving Wickford Junction that are headed inbound to Providence only depart at 6:55 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. A change of trains to South Station can be made at the following times: 7:28 p.m. and 8:22 p.m.

Trains arriving at Wickford Junction outbound from Warwick T.F. Green, Providence and South Station come into the station at 8:54 a.m., 12:59 p.m., 3:26 p.m., 5:41 p.m., 6:42 p.m., 7:18 p.m., and 9:55 p.m.

Trains arriving Wickford Junction outbound from Warwick T.F. Green and Providence come into Wickford Junction at 5:43 a.m., 6:17 a.m., and 7:32 a.m.

Fares vary according to destination. Stated fares are good from April 23 June 30. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will be raising fares on July 1. Those increases are noted in parentheses.

Ticket fare for travel between Wickford Junction and T.F. Green, an Interzone 2 zone fare, will cost $2.25 each way ($3 starting July 1, 2012). The cost of travel between Wickford Junction and Providence, an Interzone 3 fare, will cost $2.50 each way ($3.25 starting July 1, 2012). Travel between Wickford Junction and Boston's South Station, a Zone 10 fare, will cost $9 each way ($11 starting July 1, 2012). Tickets are half price for seniors as well as those with physical disabilities. Children age 11 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Monthly passes for unlimited travel between Wickford Junction and Providence will cost $89 ($109 starting July 1, 2012). Monthly passes for unlimited travel between Wickford Junction and South Station will cost $280 ($345 starting July 1, 2012). This pass also includes travel on all MBTA buses and subways as well as the Inner Harbor Ferry.

More information can be found the MBTA website: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=PROVSTOU&direction=O&timing=W&RedisplayTime=Redisplay+Time

Built using a Public-Private Partnership between RIDOT and the developers of Wickford Junction, the Wickford Junction Train Station and Garage is a critical component of South County Commuter Rail. This facility extends commuter rail service using the MBTA Providence-Stoughton line.

The new Wickford Junction Train Station and Garage will be linked to Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus service. The entire facility is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Station will have a coffee shop, an indoor waiting area, and heated bathrooms. The 848-foot platform has seating and covered areas to protect travelers from inclement weather.

Tickets will be available for purchase on the train. Credit card ticket machines will be available for use in the future.

The four-story parking Garage will accommodate 1,100 cars and have 10 charging stations for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Parking will cost $4 per day. Monthly rates will be available. Bicycle racks will also be available.

Construction of the Station started in September 2010 and was completed in March 2012 through a $25 million contract with Manafort Brothers, Inc.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

Related links

Department or agency: Department of Transportation

Online: http://www.dot.ri.gov

Release date: 04-05-2012

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