South County rail project moves ahead

THE SOUTH COUNTY COMMUTER RAIL PROJECT is a planned 20-mile expansion of train service from Boston and Providence south through Warwick and Wickford Junction. /
THE SOUTH COUNTY COMMUTER RAIL PROJECT is a planned 20-mile expansion of train service from Boston and Providence south through Warwick and Wickford Junction. /
NORTH KINGSTOWN – South County officials took another step toward bringing commuter rail service to the region last week, as the North Kingstown Planning Commission approved a proposal to update the existing master plan for the area around the proposed Wickford Junction station. During a public meeting last week, the planning commission agreed to a…

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  1. It is imperative that this project not go the way of the Warwick facility which has been another example of the automobile taking over. What started as a rail station with full inter-modal capabilities has turned in to a 1000 car parking structure that happens to be next to the NE corridor. The rail passengers are now an afterthought and the car rental facilities have taken over. This is contrary to every principle of transit oriented development that attempts to create a balance between uses and functions that supports the public realm and pedestrian activity. I am afraid the Wickford Junction will be just a glorified park and ride facility that happens to be next to a shopping mall. I hope I am wrong.