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NK State Legislators Oppose Potential Loss of Park and Ride

The Park and Ride at Route 2 and 102 may be sold to CVS.

 

North Kingstown state legislators are speaking out against the potential loss of one of NK’s Park and Ride lots.

According to press releases from Rep. Doreen Costa, Rep. Robert Craven and Sen. James Sheehan, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is looking to sell the Park and Ride property located at the corner of Route 2 and 102.

For some time, there has been a proposal before the DOT to sell the property to CVS and move the parking area a quarter-mile up the road to another plot of land on Route 2. The sale between the two parties is currently pending. According to information relayed to both Sen. Sheehan and Rep. Craven, that land is no longer considered feasible as an alternate location for the Park and Ride.

“I really believe it is incumbent on the DOT to provide a new, free parking area in or near North Kingstown if the current free lot is taken away from our community’s commuters,” said Craven in a press release. “That would clearly be the fairest way to handle this. It does not seem at all fair that commuters have a free parking lot replaced with a pay lot.”

According to press releases from the legistlators, the DOT is now looking to send commuters to park at the MBTA parking garage at Wickford Junction – which charges $4 a day for parking.

“I have been working with the DOT and looking at every option available to ensure that free parking continues to be available to my constituents,” said Costa. “It is my goal to have DOT establish a new, free lot for commuters should the current property be sold.”

Additionally, Sen. Sheehan has written a letter to DOT Director Michael Lewis in hopes of finding an alternative site. According to Sheehan, for many of his constituents, the issue is not having to drive to another Park and Ride location (there’s another Park and Ride located farther up Route 2 over the East Greenwich line), but rather that the DOT would be forcing motorists to pay for parking, which is now free of charge at the current location.

Dave January 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM
We R NK, why the rudeness? I made a legitimate point. I noticed the Town Manager discussed this issue in last night's meeting, and was whining about someone saying the town was was subsidizing CVS. I never said that. I said, if the free lot were closed and not re-opened elsewhere, and residents were forced to park at Wicklford Junction rail, the town's residents were subsiding the railroad and the state, who bailed out the owner of the railroad. Either way, a bad deal for the people of NK. Seems pretty obvious.
Politics Sheriff of NK January 30, 2013 at 01:05 AM
how rude, as usual. dave made a positive comment about all four rep's advocacy to keep the park and ride free. from your comments, I suggest that anything free/ripta/bus related would be up your alley. think.
We R NK January 30, 2013 at 01:51 AM
You and the Sheriff of Nottingham took 16 days to reply...really????? Delayed thought pattern or had to get your stories straight? LOL
Dave January 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM
we r nk, not everyone is trolling patch 24/7, LOL, some people have lives to live, and better things to do. Didn't see your rude gratuitous comment until yesterday.
We R NK January 30, 2013 at 03:04 PM
As you can see my comments are few and far between as well. In case you miss it I responded to your constant "rude" remarks on another story: "My comments are not rude however they are truthful and some people have a hard time distinguishing between the two. I do not mean to be offensive but if you are offended I do apologize. Please know that I am only calling it as I see it. Have a nice day.

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