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.