On Monday, December 6, commuter rail service to T.F. Green station will make six stops Monday through Friday on the Providence/Stoughton line.
The T.F. Green Station is part of the $267 million InterLink project for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). The InterLink features a consolidated rental car facility, a bus hub for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses, and a parking garage with spaces to accommodate 1,800 rental cars and 650 commuter vehicles.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) signed an agreement in 1988 called the Pilgrim Partnership, which initiated Providence to Boston commuter rail service with five round trips per day and approximately 200 riders. Today it has 15 round trips per day, as well as weekend service and approximately 2,000 riders per day from Providence.
Rhode Island signed an operations agreement with the MBTA on September 30, 2010 to create the South County Commuter Rail service, which expands commuter rail service in Rhode Island south of Providence. The InterLink officially opened on October 27, 2010.
The partnership has proven beneficial to both agencies. Rhode Island gets access to regional transportation to and from Boston. Massachusetts has gotten much-needed capital improvements, including the Pawtucket layover facility, bi-level coaches and other maintenance upgrades along the Providence/Stoughton line.
"Governor Deval Patrick’s mandate to reform our transportation system is working to establish a new era of delivering efficient transportation services throughout New England," said MBTA General Manager Rich Davey. "With the cooperation and hard work of the Massachusetts Legislature and our neighboring states we continue to improve the way we deliver transportation services -- investing in regional equity and strengthening public transit."
A further extension of commuter rail service to Wickford Junction is expected in late 2011. When this station opens, trains will continue down to North Kingstown and are expected to make 10 stops per day.
Trains will depart from T.F. Green, inbound to Providence/South Station, at the following times:
- 6:13 a.m.; 6:52 a.m.; 7:15 a.m. – To Providence and South Station
- 6:27 p.m.; 7:36 p.m.; and 7:51 p.m. – To Providence only, change train at 8:12 p.m. to continue to South Station.
Trains will arrive at T.F. Green, outbound from Providence/South Station, at the following times:
- 6:01 a.m.; 6:25 a.m. – Arriving from Providence only
- 6:17 p.m.; 6:53 p.m.; 7:26 p.m. – Arriving from South Station and Providence
For schedule/fare information go to www.mbta.com