PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After a successful debut, commuter rail service will back back for the 2017 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says 3,800 people took advantage of the free train service from Providence and T.F. Green to Quonset. That averages out to approximately 1 out of every 16 people who attended this year’s air show.
“We are very pleased with the results of our first year of train service to the air show, and will begin working with our partners this fall to begin planning for 2017 with the goal of bribing it back, contingent on the MBTA providing the service,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to enhance our transit system, and special events like the air show are a great way to introduce people to transit while offering a choice that reduces traffic congestion — one of the historic issues associated with this great event.”
RIDOT offered three round trip trains to the air show, and says it will work with its various partners to determine the size and scope for train service to next year’s event.