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Old Nov 23, 10, 1:19 pm   #1
 
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MBTA Access to PVD

The MBTA commuter rail will now serve PVD.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...p1=Local_Links

As a Boston resident, I'm wondering, are there particular flights that are typically cheaper out of PVD compared to BOS?
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Old Nov 23, 10, 1:30 pm   #2
 
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The fares are sometimes cheaper; the WN effect is a bit stronger there than BOS. It's easy to search PVD as well; just check it out next time you're pricing. Florida and Philly are routinely cheaper than Logan; ATL is routinely more on DL and roughly equal on US. Remember if you dont demand a legacy carrier, WN doesnt show up on conventional booking engines, as their recent cmapy commertial sings.

Parking is vastly cheaper, though that may not affect you if you plan to take the train. There is virtually always an online coupon for garage B for 12 bucks a day.

Security is fast, and more polite in my experience. They were installing nudoscopes last time I was there, to the far right of the checkpoing. May be avoidable if you take the permier line which is to the left, but it's been a while as I fly US and have been doing the DEQM promo from Logan.
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Old Nov 23, 10, 1:40 pm   #3
 
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What a waste

have to hope this is some kind of a preliminary schedule/test the tracks/ something. Check it out:

Inbound to Boston, weekdays, there are 6 trains -- 3 clustered between 6 and 7AM, 3 clustered from 6:30-8 PM. Since no flights land at PVD that early, who the heck is riding these morning trains? And, obviously, if you arrive at PVD noon to 5 pm, you have to wait for the first train to Boston which is at 6:27.

Outbound from Boston south, there are 3 trains, all about 5-6pm, which appear to turn back at the above times. The 3 early AM trains appear to originate in PVD at 5-6 am.

No service on the weekends is posted. It says service starts Dec 6.

They cant be serious. This is useless to most air travelers.
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Old Nov 23, 10, 1:47 pm   #4
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It's usually in a fare war type of thing. I'm on the other end of Connecticut, and many times for example on United it's very low priced to fly to San Francisco or Los Angeles.

As a Boston resident you need to factor in the time and hassle for you to get to Providence and all that. If you live in Worcester, Hartford, or many parts of Connecticut, you probably drive right by it to get to Providence.

I would also assume they will be able to now draw people flying into Boston by saying they could take the train to Boston if they land in Providence.

It's a great deal at $8 or whatever it is to Boston, but the times are horrible, it's just a stop on the commuter line, not a real benefit to most people traveling I bet. Only five or six stops there a day, and none during the day, either early morning or evening only. They were using the airport to extend the commuter lines.

Out of the airport to Boston -
- 6:13 a.m.; 6:52 a.m.; 7:15 a.m. - To Providence and South Station
- 6:27 p.m.; 7:36 p.m.; 7:51 p.m. - To Providence only, change train at 8:12 p.m. to continue to South Station

From Boston to the Airport
- 6:01 a.m.; 6:25 a.m. - Arriving from Providence only
- 6:17 p.m.; 6:53 p.m.; 7:26 p.m. - Arriving from South Station and Providence
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Old Nov 23, 10, 1:49 pm   #5
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have to hope this is some kind of a preliminary schedule/test the tracks/ something. Check it out:

Inbound to Boston, weekdays, there are 6 trains -- 3 clustered between 6 and 7AM, 3 clustered from 6:30-8 PM. Since no flights land at PVD that early, who the heck is riding these morning trains? And, obviously, if you arrive at PVD noon to 5 pm, you have to wait for the first train to Boston which is at 6:27.

Outbound from Boston south, there are 3 trains, all about 5-6pm, which appear to turn back at the above times. The 3 early AM trains appear to originate in PVD at 5-6 am.

No service on the weekends is posted. It says service starts Dec 6.

They cant be serious. This is useless to most air travelers.
It appears that the goal primarily is to provide MBTA service deeper into RI -- the line ultimately will be exptended to North Kingstown -- more than to provide frequent service to air travelers. I'm sure passengers who rely on the trains to commute to Boston don't find it useless.
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It appears that the goal primarily is to provide MBTA service deeper into RI -- the line ultimately will be exptended to North Kingstown -- more than to provide frequent service to air travelers. I'm sure passengers who rely on the trains to commute to Boston don't find it useless.
Parking at the PVD city train station is pretty cheap, and service is more frequent. However, you may be right -- I found this about the parking rate for the garage at the airport train station :

****How much is commuter parking?
The daily parking rate is $6.75 per day. A monthly commuter parking rate will be offered at $110 per
month. Overnight parking will incur an additional charge of $30 per night. Pay on foot locations accept
cash and credit cards.*****

So the big garage is NOT for airport passengers. It's for commuters. It's cheaper to park closer in the A, B, and C garages. Then again, it's probably a warmer walk form the new garage than outdoors from the old garages. Anyway, this isnt really an arport train station. It's a really expensive parking lot for commuters that happens, by coincidence, to be 1570 feet from the terminal of a regional airport

Wonder what they'll name the train station -- Amtrak calls Providence downtown station PVD. If they start serving the airport you'd have to think that will change.
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Has Amtrak changed station names in the past? I agree that PVD would be confusing.

Thanks everyone for all the information.

Since I don't drive, I would only consider PVD if a flight were substantially cheaper than BOS, but so far, I haven't seen many (just checked some random flight routes).
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I live considerably closer to PVD than to BOS. It's much less of a hassle to drive to. Parking is cheaper. Fares, in my totally non-random sampling, are about the same.

All that said, I generally fly out of Boston because it has far more options if anything goes pear-shaped. Not usually a problem outbound, as there's almost always another way to get to wherever, but this can make a huge difference on the return.
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