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CSX Conductor wrote:Providence passengers already have service to TF Greene via bus. RIPTA has local bus service which goes from Downtown to the airport. Bonanza also serves TF Green on many trips to/from their Pawtucket Terminal as well as a stop in downtown Providence.I do agree with that. Cause Ripta is twice as cheaper to get into the city. But on the weekday, there may be more service into Providence.
mental757 wrote:a few points:Regardless of how a train is perceived, I believe that eight weekday only trains are not going to be very practical for the vast majority of people flying out of PVD, and will not make significant difference in airport usage or how people get to the airport.
Bonanza - now Peter Pan - no longer serves TF Green airport.
While RIPTA provides service between PVD and Kennedy Plaza, it's hardly convenient with only 20 "express" (still makes 1 stop) buses in between the hours of 5:54am and 7:46pm (thats less than 2 per hour). Not that commuter rail will offer a better schedule or fare, but, well, you guys know, it's perceived differantly that the bus. There are 21 more 'local' buses too, but they take over 35 minutes to get to Kennedy Plaza. The MBCR service will also offer same vehicle service to points outside downtown Providence (all the way up to SoSta). The future rail service will take about 10 minutes, while the 'express' bus takes about 20 minutes.
I've asked almost every conductor since they expanded the Providence line to 15 weekday roundtrips and weekend service (I've used it at least 5 times since) and all have said the Providence loads seem to be good.
The intermodal station at PVD will house the rail, RIPTA bus and car rental functions which should really create a unique (to RI) transfer point for modes of transportation. I would also expect that the RIPTA buses will be reviewed to offer service to more places besides downtown, URI, and Cranston...