I'll believe it when I see it. RIDOT has basically been reduced to nonfunctioning by the Raimondo Admin. They make wet-noodle ovatures to things like needing an express train because [*bitch-bitch-bitch* can't get a seat from the Massholes], but then long after even the cross-border media has run with the story in Section A of the papers about how this is a Thing Decreed Important™ for Our Region™ that first courtesy phone call to the T or Amtrak to hash something/anything out never gets placed at all. They have a wholly mature--and quite good at full-build!--statewide regional rail implementation plan scoped out to the nines, with every micro-increment's breakout measured for keeping something perpetually on the funding hot stove regardless of budget-famine or budget-prosper years. Zero ever gets advanced to next step. Highlights of their grand unified implementation plan like that utmost-importance Pawtucket station just leak x2.5 of their scheduled build timetables from pure unadulterated inertia.I'm not really sure about the best place to post this, but I came across the Transit Forward RI 2040 Master Plan that was released this August, and saw the following:
This is listed as a "Short-Term Improvement", "close to launching", and in the "1 to 4 years" project list. I'm assuming "select" will mean Northeast Regional only, not Acela, but that's still a massive improvement. Combined with the recent MBTA CR service changes, this means BOS/PVD train headways slightly better than 1hr all day. As a frequent commuter on that section, it was always frustrating to watch an empty NER pull away towards Boston while having to wait for a delayed and overcrowded MBTA car.
Like, seriously...Chaffee's crew was some pretty doddering weak sauce in its own right when it came to coasting on Carcieri's tailpipe. But that was nothing like the malaise that's ground all progress on regional rail to a complete halt over the last 6 years down in Ocean World.