This is great news for passengers seeking ground transort links to the Cape.
The PVD buses will stop in downtown Providence (bus terminal for connections), stop in Foxboro, MA, and then continue to Boston.
ChinaClipper40 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 191 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8508 times:
Quoting PVD757 (Thread starter): PROVIDENCE -- Bonanza Bus lines and its parent, Peter Pan Bus Lines, this week returned to T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick for the first time in nearly three years."
Quoting PVD757 (Thread starter): The PVD buses will stop in downtown Providence (bus terminal for connections), stop in Foxboro, MA, and then continue to Boston.
This service will undoubtedly be helpful for PVD passengers traveling onward to Cape Cod. But the PVD-Boston bus service will probably be rendered obsolete when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority completes its extension of the Boston-Providence commuter rail line into PVD airport. Groundbreaking on the new PVD terminal rail station took place about a year ago, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2009. When finished, commuter rail service will connect the PVD terminal with downtown Boston. The rail bed between Providence and Boston is some of the best in the northeast corridor, allowing trains to run at 125 mph (with 150 mph routine running as a future goal). If the MBTA provides adequate frequency of train service, there seems little way that bus service running at 65 mph on Interstate 95 (plus making stops at Foxboro and fighting the traffic on Boston's notoriously crowded Southeast Expressway) will be able to compete. There is even the possibility that Amtrak's northeast corridor service may begin to serve the new PVD terminal station in the future, if additional track and electrification work is carried out to allow for a separation between express (Acela) and northeast regional Amtrak trains running through the new PVD terminal station. Since the Amtrak regional trains don't stop at any of the commuter rail stations between Providence and Boston (except for the Route 128 station in Boston's southwest suburbs), that would provide even faster service between PVD terminal and downtown Boston.
Gift4tbone From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8481 times:
Quoting ChinaClipper40 (Reply 2): that would provide even faster service between PVD terminal and downtown Boston.
Well I agree this is great news, but I for one, cannot wait until the rail station returns. It will allow us access to more diversions (maybe if people are forced thru PVD, see how nice/convienent it is the will fly themselves). which however is more work for us it will generate i believe more traffic, (not just from diversions...etc, but from people discovering on their own how quickly they can get to PVD) and maybe PVD will finally gain access to yearly intl service.!
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HOWEVER! I would never support going the way of MHT, and renaming PVD anything with the name BOSTON in it. I believe in friendly holsome, New England airport competitiveness.
Agreed. The bus service is intended to link PVD with the Cape (and Boston to a lesser extent) - the creation of the PVD bus service just happened to be from the existing Peter Pan/Bonanza service from the Providence bus terminal to South Station. The Foxboro stop is a good 'bonus' too, even after the train station opens.
There will be 8 MBTA trains per day between PVD and South Station and the RI DOT is mentioned in newspapers as negotiating with Amtrak for (I'm assuming) Regional service. There is currently 9 Amtrak regionals between BOS and NYC that stop in downtown Providence that could easily stop at PVD. There are currently 3 tracks at the site of the PVD station and 4th can be added - plenty of infrastructure to handle Commuter Rail, Amtrak Regional, and 'thru' trains (Acela and Freight), as well as future additonal rail servcie to Connecticut (Shore Line East?). I've also heard that 4 tracks is enough to incorporate future "intra-Rhode Island" Commuter Rail for trains that could run between Westerly (current Amtrak Station), Kingston (URI main campus), East Greenwich, Cranston, and a new branch to Roger Williams Zoo, the Port of Providence (Newport Ferry & American Cruise Lines pier), and Allens Ave. (Hospital 'district') using the existing P&W railroad Harbor Junction line.