2:52 PM Thu, Dec 02, 2010
By Paul Edward Parker
WARWICK, R.I. — If everything goes according to schedule, the first commuter train will pull into T.F. Green Airport Station at 6:01 a.m. Monday to whisk workers to Boston’s South Station.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced the inauguration of service to the newly completed train station that is connected to the airport terminal by an enclosed, elevated walkway.
Three trains every morning will take commuters from the airport station to Boston and three trains will bring them back in the evening. It will be complicated or impossible to make the reverse trips.
In the morning, no service will be available from Boston to T.F. Green. Two trains will run from Providence to T.F. Green, but they depart at 5:41 a.m. and 6 a.m., before the first trains of the day reach Providence from Boston.
In the evening, travelers could make the trip from Green to Boston. It would require taking the 6:27 p.m., 7:36 p.m. or 7:51 p.m. train from Green to Providence and transferring to the 8:12 p.m. or 9:42 p.m. train from Providence to Boston.
One-way fares between Green and Boston will be $8.25, compared to the $7.75 fare between Providence and Boston. Those wishing to travel between Green and Providence only will pay $2.25.
Daily parking at the station at Green will cost $6.75, compared to $8.55 a day in Providence, but those not out of the Green garage by midnight will be charged an additional $30, to dissuade airline passengers from parking in the commuter- rail garage.
Train fare and parking at Green also have discounted monthly rates.