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    Commuter rail soon to extend to South County, Rhode Island

    The Town of North Kingstown, where Wickford Junction is located, required the builder of a Wal-Mart shopping center to incorporate plans for a future commuter rail station into its site plan in the early 90s. Talk about foresight and long-range planning.

    The piece of land southeast of the Wal-Mart, just to the east of the roundabout is the location of the new rail station. Now if they could just build some housing in the area

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    Commuter rail soon to extend to South County
    It will be the first increase in service since 1988, when trains from Providence to Boston were restored.

    PROVIDENCE -- By late 2008, South County commuters could have a tempting choice: fight their way up Routes 4 and 95 to the state's capital, or take a train at Wickford Junction, in North Kingstown, paying about $4 for a roundtrip to Providence and perhaps $16 for a roundtrip to Boston.

    http://www.projo.com/news/content/pr...3.870fecb.html

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    The more the better. I'm glad the state feels that they are over the major funding hurdles. About 15 years ago the state concluded that the biggest need for commuter rail was the East Bay to Providence - I wonder if that's still feasible at all. Being a smaller area we've got to "piggyback" on MBTA to do anything.

    An interesting idea floating around is the redevelopment of the big industrial site at Elmwood, Wellington, and Park Ave in Cranston into a rail station and TOD. (Its good policy because its within walking distance of me. ) Woonsocket is doing preliminary legwork to get the Frankin Line extended there.

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    Quote Originally posted by Seabishop
    Woonsocket is doing preliminary legwork to get the Frankin Line extended there.
    That would make tremendous sense, considering the affordable housing opportunities in Woonsocket (within semi-extreme commuting distance of Boston).

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