The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced that it plans to sell the park-and-ride lot at the corner of Quaker Lane (Route 2) and Ten Rod Road (Route 102) in North Kingstown. Despite previous plans to not create an alternative lot, the DOT has also decided to create a new parking lot on Route 2 just a short distance from the current lot.
For some time, there has been a proposal before the DOT to sell the property to CVS and move the parking area a quarter-mile up the road to another plot of land on Route 2. The sale between the two parties is currently pending.
At one point, the plot of land on Route 2 was deemed not feasible for use as a park-and-ride. The DOT was looking to send commuters to park at the MBTA parking garage at Wickford Junction – which is not a free lot and charges $4 a day for parking. Most of North Kingstown's state legislators, including Senator James Sheehan and Representatives Doreen Costa and Robert Craven, opposed the move.
According to a press release from Sen. Sheehan, DOT has not announced a timetable for the move.