Traffic Sux …..GIVE YOUR DRIVER SUFFICIENT TIME
“Life is whole series of circumstances beyond your control” ….. Van Roy’s Law
Compounding the problem the University of Rhode Island
Just about nine miles east of Rt. 95 one encounters the University of Rhode Island campus and associated complexes. The State of Rhode Island is building a new Convocation Center here behind the Kenney Gymnasium. This is expected to attract eight thousand ticket holders per event once in operation. The University also hosts events like the Balloon Festival, Special Olympics, and Soccer games, all of which create major traffic tie-ups along the Rt. 138.
The Kingston Station is situated about one mile west of the University of Rhode Island, in the village of West Kingston.
From Newport: Drive past the University and down the hill to West Kingston about one mile, take the first right after the Citgo gas station to enter the Kingston Station driveway.
From Rt. 95: Take the first right after Fairgrounds Rd. in West Kingston. This is about a mile after you pass Rt. 2 coming east on Rt. 138.
Plan to be at the Kingston Station thirty minutes prior to train departure time. Don’t expect to get the full service treatment if you show up at the same time the train is scheduled to be departing the station. Only one person is on duty during each tour from 7am to 10pm.
As of May 21st 2001, Amtrak started using a van to shuttle passengers to track one until a crossover bridge is built at some undetermined time in the future. The nine-passenger shuttle van is not used for every instance, but as a last resort if the train cannot be brought in on the track 2 near the station side. The van is not handicap ready and it takes additional time as the passengers have to pack, board, and ride the van over Rt. 138 to Fairgrounds Road, then journey through a lumber yard to get to the track one boarding area. This ‘shuttle concept’ replaces the method of having a conductor simply walk passengers over by way of an inter-track fence gate, which lasted from December to May of 2001.
OPINION’S on this ‘shuttle van concept’ are being solicited: mailto:Kingston@rrmail.com
The Agent on duty will inform and announce the boarding procedures as they are communicated from the Amtrak dispatcher. Once again, be sure give your self plenty of time for any and all such situations.