Updated: Friday, 11 Sep 2009, 1:26 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 11 Sep 2009, 1:09 AM EDT
Warwick, RI (WPRI) - The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has voted to extend commuter rail service between Boston and Rhode Island by an additional 20 miles.
Starting in 2011 commuter trains service will no longer end in Providence. The line will be extended south to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, all the way to Wickford Junction in North Kingstown.
Governor Carcieri is enthusiastically in favor of the plan, saying the extension will enhance the economic link between Rhode Island and Boston. He believes it will make the lives of Rhode Island commuters easier by promoting jobs and the movement of talent throughout the area.
A one way trip between South Station in Boston and T.F. Green would run about an hour and 15 minutes. Once at the airport passengers would take a 1500 foot moving sidewalk to the terminal. That sidewalk is currently under construction.
The plan will cost about 336 million dollars, with funds going towards upgrading Amtrak tracks, building two new stations and parking garages. The proposal also includes plans for a rental car facility.
Rhode Island will also have to pay 3 million dollars per year to Amtrak to use the tracks.
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