Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The State Department of Transportation says more commuters were using the MBTA rail in February.
The state's incentive programs to help fill seats on the commuter rails may have paid off – at least for February. According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, ridership on the commuter rail from the Warwick Interlink at T.F. Green Airport and Wickford Junction saw a jump in February. Ridership jumped by more than 100 people each day at Wickford while the Interlink saw an additional 50 people riding each day. During the winter months, the DOT offered free parking at the two station's parking garages along with free rides on selected Wednesdays. Ridership at Wickford Junction has remained low and slow to grow since its opening last April. DOT officials, however, have warned businesses that it may take awhile for commuters…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Free wintertime parking at Wickford and the Interlink ends this week.
Those wanting to take advantage free parking at Wickford Junction and the T.F. Green's Interlink in Warwick have until the end of the week to do so. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced that the final day of free parking at the two parking garages ends this Friday. Until then, commuters taking the MBTA commuter trains will be able to get validated tickets, which lets them leave the garages at no charge. The state has been offering free parking at these locations since early February, following this year's blizzard. According to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, it was done in an effort to keep motorists off the road during wintry conditions. In another effort to boost ridership from Wickford Junction, the state also announced…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Who uses the commuter rail at Wickford Junction?
Wickford Junction commuter rail station has been open since April 2012. So who is using the commuter rail and why? The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has put out a YouTube video called "The Faces of Wickford Junction" featuring interviews with riders who take the commuter rail up to Providence and Boston. Earlier this year, the DOT began to offer free rides to Providence every Wednesday until Feb. 27 as part of its Wickford Wintertine Wednesdays. Learn more about that deal here. Additionally, parking is free at the Wickford Junction and Interlink (T.F. Green Airport, Warwick) parking garages until March 29. Officials are offering free parking to help drivers stay off the roads during poor driving conditions this winter.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gov. Chafee and the RI Department of Transportation announced free parking will be available at commuter rail stations for the rest of winter.
Drivers can now take advantage of free parking this winter at two of Rhode Island's commuter rail stations. Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation have announced that parking at the garages at Wickford Junction Station in North Kingstown and the Interlink at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick will be free for the remainder of the winter. Officials are offering free parking to help drivers stay off the roads during poor driving conditions this winter. "As we have seen over the past couple of days, travel conditions and parking in Providence have been anything but normal because of the blizzard," said Gov. Chafee. "In consideration of what has happened, and the expectations of future storms in the coming weeks, we…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
NK Democratic Town Committee Chair thanks local legislators for pushing for the retention of free commuter parking.
Wednesday, January 23
To the editor, The North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee would like to take the opportunity to thank Senator James Sheehan and Representative Robert Craven for their ongoing efforts in ensuring that the people of North Kingstown have access to a free public parking lot. Both Senator Sheehan and Representative Craven made it clear in press statements released from their offices that it is not acceptable for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to sell the current state owned public parking lot at the corners of Route 2 and 102 without creating another alternate free public parking lot in North Kingstown. Senator Sheehan has written to the DOT, and both have asked that an alternate free parking lot be provided by DOT should they sell …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Take the commuter rail to work from Wickford Junction for free on Wednesdays from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27
Thursday, January 10
The following is a press release from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. When the morning radio or television station is giving the bad news about slow traffic on Route 4 and I-95 because of snowy conditions, many South County commuters won’t be concerned because they take commuter rail to work in Providence. Those who are thinking about joining them in the hassle-free way to work this winter now have a chance to try it for free. As an invitation to try the train service from Wickford Junction Station in North Kingstown, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) are announcing “Wickford Wintertime Wednesdays” for six weeks from January 23, 2013, to February 27, 2013. Each Wednesday …
Monday, December 31, 2012
A look back at the biggest news stories from 2012 in North Kingstown.
From union battles to elections to a 413-foot turbine to hurricanes, 2012 kept us busy. With 2013 on the horizon, we've decided to take a look back at the biggest stories from the past year. In a controversial 3-2 vote, the North Kingstown Town Council passed a new ordinance that mandated 24-hour shifts for the town's firefighters and made other significant changes to their schedules and pay. The ordinance moved firefighters from 10- and 14-hour shifts to 24 shifts and upped their weekly work schedule from 42 to 56 hours per week. According to Town Manager Michael Embury, the change could save the district $1.2 million in the first year. Since its passage, Local 1651 (the NK firefighters' union) has battled the change in letters, public …
Monday, November 19, 2012
About 200 people use Wickford Junction daily.
The trains have been running through Wickford Junction (South County's only commuter rail stop) for almost seven months now and ridership has remained stayed at just shy of 200 daily passengers. For a project that cost $45 million and included a 1,100-space parking garage, that figure is a bit lower than what taxpayers would hope to see. In a segment that ran on WJAR-TV last week, Channel 10's news team looked into the future of the project. By their estimates, the "total cost of the project compared to its use works out to about $225,000 per passenger. (Check out Channel 10's full segment on Wickford Junction here) According to RI Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis, the station is an "investment for decades to come." …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Federal Railroad Administration is accepting comments and feedback on the future of rail service in Rhode Island and the northeast.
Thousands of Rhode Island commuters use train service in lieu of bus or car. For many more, however, the current train services don't fit their needs. Even those who do use area train services have their two cents on how to make it better. The Federal Railroad Administration is asking Rhode Islanders and New Englanders for their feedback and input on how to improve railway service in the Northeast Corridor. This past Wednesday in Providence, the agency held the last of its nine public hearings to seek ideas for the project. According to the Providence Journal, Steven Musen (who heads the Rhode Island Association of Railroad Passengers) said the importance of a commuter rail service linking Westerly, Kingstown, T.F. Green Airport and …
Monday, August 6, 2012
A North Kingstown couple renewed their vows at the Wickford Junction Commuter Rail Station.
Thirty years ago, Greg Coppa popped the question to his wife Abby. Last week, Abby evened up the tally and surprised her husband by getting down on one knee. For the couple's 30th anniversary, Abby decided to mix things up by surprising her husband with a renewal of vows at the new Wickford Junction Commuter Rail Station – only a few miles down the road from their home in Wickford. According to friends, Greg thought the couple was going out for a night with friends and discovered the night would entail a bit more than that when his wife went down on one knee outside the train station. P.S. If Greg Coppa's name looks familiar, you might remember him from a story we ran almost two years ago. Coppa's short story "November Christmas" became …