Study: Stadium would add cars, but mass transit plays role

THE NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP of the Pawtucket Red Sox is looking to put the team in a new stadium in downtown Providence along the water. / COURTESY PBC ASSOCIATES
THE NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP of the Pawtucket Red Sox is looking to put the team in a new stadium in downtown Providence along the water. / COURTESY PBC ASSOCIATES
PROVIDENCE – The proposed minor league baseball stadium will generate a peak traffic count of 1,800 vehicle trips an hour, when visitors arrive for the games or events, but will not tip surrounding intersections into failure, according to an analysis prepared for the team’s owners. The peak hour for traffic in Providence, under existing conditions,…

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  1. Making McCoy Stadium a part of the new Blackstone River Valley National Park and using state funds and matching federal funds to renovate McCoy Stadium and improve the infrastructure in the Blackstone Valley would be easy for the average Rhode Island taxpayer to understand. A 10 million dollar investment by the State of Rhode Island would produce 90 million dollars of matching federal funds to accomplish both of the above mentioned goals
    There has also been talk about building a MBTA Station in Pawtucket. If the MBTA station was built on the main Amtrak right of way at the end of the George R. Bennet Highway in Pawtucket, travelers could transfer to a shuttle train system on the P&W right of way for the one mile trip to McCoy Stadium. This P&W right of way parallels the Blackstone River Bikeway from Pawtucket to Worcester. There would be easy commuter rail access to within 300 feet of McCoy Stadium from Worcester and from Boston. What could be better for the new owers of the PawSox and the new Blackstone River Valley National Park? This new MBTA Station would benefit both.

    Ken Berwick, Smithfield, RI