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Wickford station rail service to begin April 23

April 5, 2012
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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—Commuter rail service at the new Wickford Junction station in North Kingstown is scheduled to begin on April 23.

The state Department of Transportation announced the start date on Thursday. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will visit the station that day for the grand opening.

Trains will run Monday through Friday from Wickford north to Warwick, Providence and Boston on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Providence-Stoughton line. The service will offer 20 trips a day, and fares will vary depending on destination.

Reed's office estimates the South County Commuter Rail Project will serve an estimated 1,400 commuters. He helped secure $32.9 million in federal funds for it.

During a visit to the station on Thursday, Reed noted that the new transportation option comes at a time when gas prices are on the rise. He also said the project will help relieve congestion along the Interstate-95/Route1/Route 4 corridor and improve air quality.

During LaHood's upcoming visit, the secretary will also stop at the Providence Viaduct. The state is seeking funding to replace the bridge, which carries Interstate 95 past downtown.

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