QUONSET, R.I. (WPRI) — The annual National Guard Air Show is this weekend, and instead of sitting in traffic before and after the event, you could be sitting on a train.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it is once again offering its “Trains to Planes” service.
The free train service runs from the Providence, T.F. Green, and Wickford Junction stations to Quonset Point. Trains will run both to and from the air show throughout the day.
Free parking will be available at T.F. Green and Wickford Junction.
RIDOT said space on the train is limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
RIDOT reports that more than 8,000 people took advantage of the service last year.
“Being stuck in long lines of traffic has been part of the experience for the air show, and we’re proud to deliver a solution that helps reduce congestion and delays,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. “This event is shaping up to be busier than it has been for the past few years – another great reason to take the train and leave the driving to us.”
Items that cannot be brought into the air show are also prohibited on trains. These include backpacks, cooler, bicycles, coolers, and pets. A full list of items is available on the Air Show website.