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T. F. Green Airport InterLink Facility

The highly anticipated Warwick Intermodal Facility, officially called “the InterLink,” opened on October 27, 2010. The new facility connects planes, trains, buses, and automobiles at T.F. Green Airport.

 

The commuter train station will bring rail service to T.F. Green Airport, thereby creating a major transportation gateway that can positively impact the state's economic development. The benefits of the project will be greater access to the airport via public transportation; removal of cars and shuttle buses from the surrounding airport access roads; creation of a more efficient airport rental car facility; and reduction of commuter automobile traffic on I-95. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) entered into an agreement with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to provide commuter train service from the proposed station in Warwick to Boston, allowing T.F. Green to serve as a more efficient alternative to Boston’s Logan Airport. The facility will be operational 7 days a week for rental car operations. Initially, six commuter train trips a day will run through the InterLink, and train service ramped up to 10 trips a day in November 2011.

As program manager, WSP USA represented the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s interests and served as liaison with the construction manager, the design team, RIDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. DOT's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Office, Amtrak, multiple rental car agencies, and other state and federal agencies.

The InterLink is an example of what can be accomplished when federal, state, and local officials and businesses operate with one common goal.