Offers commuter rail service between Providence, T.F. Green and Wickford Junction Station with connecting service to Boston with a total of 37 weekday and 19 weekend stops. This station also serves Amtrak.
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We're not just about roads and bridges. Through our Intermodal Planning section, we oversee a number of initiatives to support and expand Rhode Island's passenger rail, freight rail, and ferry services. Through our Transportation Alternatives Program, we fund a number of programs and projects aimed at making it easier and safer to walk and bike in our communities. We also work hand-in-hand with RIPTA, Rhode Island's statewide transit provider.
We've enjoyed a long partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to develop an in-state commuter rail service with 80 stops per week, connecting Providence, South County and T.F. Green State Airport.
Along with providing Rhode Islanders an alternative to the busy Route 4 or I-95 corridors, the service provides many opportunities for employment and economic development with continuing service to Boston.
Our robust Transportation Alternatives Program funds a variety of projects and programs you might not necessarily associate with RIDOT. These often include improvements supporting walkers and bicyclists including walking routes, bike lanes and streetscape projects aimed at supporting safe and efficient transportation while improving the beauty and vitality of a road, square or village center.
Other efforts in our Transportation Alternatives Program include lighting improvements, establishing turnouts and overlooks, signal improvements, converting abandoned railroad corridors and historic preservation of transportation features such as old train stations and lighthouses.
Using Federal Highway Administration funds, we manage the Recreational Trails Program jointly with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. The goal of this program is to encourage community groups and non-profit organizations to propose projects to maintain or expand on existing trails, or to create new public trails.
Prior grant awards have funded new trails at Black Point in Narraganset, a new bike path connecting the villages of Pascoag and Harrisville in Burrillville and repairs to trails at Neutaconkanut Park in Providence. Learn More »
Safe Routes to School is a RIDOT-funded program designed to reach out to communities to develop programs and projects to promote walking to school.
We fund a variety of projects to support this effort. They may include a project to make a physical improvement such as crosswalks or sidewalks, or the support of programs that encourage kids to walk to school including traffic enforcement, "walking school buses," walking clubs, bike rodeos, and more. Learn More »
While separate agencies, we work hand-in-hand with RIPTA on many transit initiatives with a "complete streets" approach that incorporates bus facilities and amenities within our road projects where possible.
We fund RIPTA's primary marketing program for promoting all forms of alternative transportation, including commuter rail and transit use, carpooling, biking and walking. The program offers reduced-cost transit, allowing you to save money while reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
RIDOT builds most of Rhode Island's Park & Ride lots that make bus riding and car pooling more convenient.