Warwick, RI — If you’re psyched for the RI Air Show this weekend at Quonset Point, but dreading the long waits to and from the event stuck in your car, RIDOT’s debut free train service to and from the show stands to make travel to the show win-win, but you’ll need to get there early.
The first-come, first serve service is the product of RIDOT, working with the R.I. National Guard, the National Guard Association of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the Quonset Development Corporation, Seaview Railroad, and the MBTA. Two trains in each direction will transport passengers back and forth between Providence and TF Green Airport and the Air Show June 11 and 12.
Those going to the Air Show can catch the train at either Providence Station, 100 Gaspee St., Providence, or T.F. Green Station, at 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. There will be one train per station to the air show, but the return trains will stop at both stations. Train fare will not be collected, and attendees will be asked to consider making a donation Hasbro Children’s Hospital when they arrive at the Air Show.
“The Air Show is one of the most beloved events of the summer, and draws tens of thousands of people,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said. “We’re pleased to provide a transit option for the show for visitor convenience and to help reduce long traffic jams we typically see on highways leading to the show.”
To the Air Show:
Depart Providence – 7:29 a.m.; Depart T.F. Green – 7:45 a.m.; Arrive Quonset – 8:15 a.m.
Depart Providence – 9:30 a.m.; Arrive Quonset – 10:15 a.m.
Depart T.F. Green – 11:15 a.m.; Arrive Quonset – 11:45 a.m.
From the Air Show:
Depart Quonset – 2 p.m.; Depart T.F. Green – 3 p.m.; Arrive Providence – 3:16 p.m.
Depart Quonset – 4 p.m.; Depart T.F. Green – 5 p.m.; Arrive Providence – 5:16 p.m.
Depart Quonset – 6 p.m.; Depart T.F. Green – 7 p.m.; Arrive Providence – 7:16 p.m.
Train travelers should only bring collapsible camp chairs instead of lawn chairs. Backpacks, coolers, bicycles and pets are not allowed.
For more information on items allowed, attendees can visit the Air Show website.
Free parking will be available at the State Offices parking lots and at the T.F. Green Station parking garage. Space is limited at both locations. RIDOT will post signs and use its electronic highway message boards to direct attendees to the parking areas. RIDOT also will use its electronic message boards to indicate if the lots and trains are full.
Parking is also free at the Air Show, as in previous years. During the event, RIDOT will provide updates on train availability and traffic conditions on its social media sites on Facebook and on Twitter.
The gates at the Air Show open at 9 a.m.. The show begins at 10 a.m., and will include the following attactions (the U.S.A.F Thunderbirds Demonstration Team will not be performing this year’s event.)
Rob Holland Air Show
Ace Maker Air Shows
Mark Murphy P51
Special Operations Parachute Team
Jack Links Screamin’ Sasquatch
Shockwave Jet Truck
Combined Arms Demonstration
C-130J Super Hercules
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