Warwick, RI (WPRI) - The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has voted toextend commuter rail service between Boston and Rhode Island by anadditional 20 miles.
Starting in 2011 commuter trains service will nolonger end in Providence. The line will be extended southto T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, all the way to Wickford Junctionin North Kingstown.
Governor Carcieri is enthusiastically in favor of the plan,saying the extension will enhance the economic link between RhodeIsland and Boston. He believes it will make the lives of RhodeIsland commuters easier by promoting jobs and the movement oftalent throughout the area.
A one way trip between South Station in Boston and T.F. Greenwould run about an hour and 15 minutes. Once at the airportpassengers 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 goingtowards upgrading Amtrak tracks, building two new stations andparking garages. The proposal also includes plans for a rental carfacility.
Rhode Island will also have to pay 3 million dollars per year toAmtrak to use the tracks.
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