MBTA nearly doubles service to Green

LAWRENCE COHEN of Warwick, was one of the early adopters in January of the MBTA rail service from T.F. Green Airport, which is nearly doubling the number of trips starting Nov. 14.
Posted 11/1/11

WARWICK – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is nearly doubling the number of commuter rail trips to T.F. Green Airport, Rhode Island officials said Tuesday.

The new schedule, which increases the number of weekday stops at Warwick’s new InterLink station from 11 to 20, adds early morning arrivals at the airport that for the first time match flight schedules.

The new schedule for the MBTA’s Providence/Stoughton line takes effect on the Monday, Nov. 14. Fares will remain unchanged, according to a statement released by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee.

“I am very pleased that commuter service will be expanding and there will now be even more opportunities for Rhode Islanders to take the train to work or T.F. Green Airport,” Chafee said. “This announcement is a further indication of Warwick’s growing strength as a regional transportation hub.”

MBTA service to T.F. Green started in December 2010 after construction of the $267 million InterLink station project and was initially targeted to commuters.

State leaders plan to extend MBTA service to Wickford Junction in North Kingstown by 2012.

Following is the updated Monday through Friday departure and arrival schedule at T.F. Green Station to Providence and Boston’s South Station:

Departure times from T.F. Green Airport

  • To Providence/Boston South Station: 5:05 a.m., 6:13 a.m., 6:52 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:23 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 3:50 p.m., 8:50 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

  • To Providence only: 7:20 p.m.

Arrival times at T.F. Green Airport

  • From Providence only: 4:50 a.m., 5:53 a.m. and 6:25 a.m.

  • From Boston South Station/Providence: 8:39 a.m., 11:17 a.m., 3:16 p.m., 6:27 p.m., 7:03 p.m., 8:17 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.

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This new schedule is great news for commuters in the Warwick area. The previous lack of midday service would give many commuters a reason to pause. There was no way to get home if one were sick or a kid's event in the early evening. That's all changed now. But we still need Amtrak...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | Report this

Good news. But the Governor has it wrong. The service is to T.F. Green Airport-Providence, not Warwick.

Warwick is just a suburb of PROVIDENCE where the airport is loacted. The MBTA service is for air travellers flying into Providence.

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