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MBTA Board Approves Train to TF Green

The MBTA board today approved a commuter rail extension to TF Green and other points in Rhode Island. From the Providence Business News:

BOSTON – Commuter rail trains will begin whisking passengers from both North Kingstown and T.F. Green Airport north to Providence and Boston in two years under an agreement approved today.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s board voted of directors this afternoon to approve expansion of the service beginning in 2011.

In Warwick, trains will stop at a new station under construction across the street from T.F. Green. The station will be connected to the airport terminal by a 1,500-foot-long sky bridge with moving sidewalks. The new facility will also include a parking garage and space for rental car operations.

Airport officials say the project will create the closest link between a rail station and an airport terminal anywhere in the country. The facility is on track to open in September 2010, Kevin Dillon, president of the R.I. Airport Corporation (RIAC), said last month.

This is an important step in a state with a relatively small and diffuse population - a reality that often gets in the way of significant investment in public transit.

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