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February Update:

Intermodal Overview

The Intermodal Project, a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, will drastically enhance the travel experience.

The project is broken into four major areas of construction - the Terminal End Improvements (TEI); the skywalk; the customer service operations building (CSO) and the parking garage and fueling platforms. These four major components of the Intermodal project are being built concurrently.

At any given time, there could be up to 14 sub-contractors on-site working under project manager Gilbane.

The project will take an anticipated 530,000 man hours to complete and at peak construction will have 300 workers on site. Once completed, the $267 million transportation hub, with its MBTA commuter rail platform, will be the closest rail line (1,570 feet) to a major airport terminal in the country.

Construction Outlook

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

Work at the TEI site includes removal of the existing canopy glass and site prep at the departures level. Footings have been excavated and foundations continue to be poured. After concrete is poured it is insulated to keep it warm while the concrete is curing.

Skywalk

The first steel support was raised upright and formed in late January. For each support, the construction process consists of first drilling mini piles, then filling the holes with grout, the mini piles are then cut and a pile cap is poured. A rebar cage is formed by steel workers and a custom made wooden form is placed around the cage. Finally concrete is poured using a 1

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I know it is more than a parking garage, but a HUGE part of the project is a parking garage and a refueling station and car wash for rental cars. Certainly it can be greened up a bit and it sounds like it is being greened up, but what exactly are the LEED standards if they can be applied for a parking garage and gas station and car wash?

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As of last week, there is a large steel framing visible between Jefferson Blvd and Post Rd (on the Post Rd. side of the tracks) and lots of foundation work next to Jefferson Blvd. I'll try to swing by and get some pics this weekend.

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PBN: "Air, rail connection questioned"

http://www.pbn.com/detail.html?sub_id=40463

"...when it came to access to transportation, Integlia said prospective tenants only cared about one thing: Highway exit and entrance ramps were located just 200 yards away."

poster's commet:

So because a bunch of law firms and insurance companies that have new offices in Warwick don't care about close/easy airport access and future rail service, no one else does???

Whatever.

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As of last week, there is a large steel framing visible between Jefferson Blvd and Post Rd (on the Post Rd. side of the tracks) and lots of foundation work next to Jefferson Blvd. I'll try to swing by and get some pics this weekend.

As of today there is a large precast structure starting to appear on the Jefferson Blvd. side of the tracks.

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from www.pvdairport.com

21 May 2009

"Intermodal Overview

The Intermodal Project is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The $267 million transportation hub will allow MBTA commuter rail service to TF Green airport and Warwick, RI. This will be the closest rail line (1,570 feet) to a major airport terminal in the country.

A six level parking garage will span the railroad tracks and accommodate both commuter parking and rental car facilities. East of the tracks and adjoined to the garage will be a Customer Service Operations (CSO) building that will house rental car agency staff. Connecting the CSO building and TF Green will be a 1,200 ft. sky bridge with moving walkways to accelerate travels.

The project is broken into four major areas of construction - the Terminal End Improvements (TEI); the Skywalk; the customer service operations building (CSO) and the parking garage and fueling platforms. These four major components of the Intermodal project are being built concurrently.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

The Intermodal Project at TF Green Airport reached new heights in the early morning hours of May 12th with the addition of the sky bridge. The 150-ton steel truss bridge was a major undertaking from design to fabrication and installation. A team of steel workers spent several weeks assembling the 166-foot long span in the terminal parking lot. Two cranes and a skilled crew attached rigging weighing 9,000 lbs. to the crane

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The parking garage is going up quickly as is the skybridge. This will be an impressive station when it is completed.

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Intermodal Overview

The Intermodal Project is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. The $267 million transportation hub will allow MBTA commuter rail service to TF Green airport and Warwick, RI. This will be the closest rail line (1,570 feet) to a major airport terminal in the country.

The project is broken into four major areas of construction - the Terminal End Improvements (TEI); the Skywalk; the customer service operations building (CSO) and the parking garage and fueling platforms. These four major components of the Intermodal project are being built concurrently.

The project continues to move forward at a steady pace with the Skywalk structure crossing over Post Road. Next steps for construction include the connection of the Skywalk to the CSO structure sometime in July. There are no plans for additional road closures in the near future, however there may be some night work and therefore lane restrictions near the Airport

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Is it just me? Am I the only one that sees that this is going to end up just another epic fail project that RI sinks money into? Just like the epic fail that is called "the Dunk"? Should call it the "Sunk".

This state needs to get its head out of the sand. Adding a train station to an airport that isnt even large enough to serve the west coast is silly. If this project is going to be remotely considered a success the airport will need to be expanded and we all know how that is going...

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Is it just me? Am I the only one that sees that this is going to end up just another epic fail project that RI sinks money into? Just like the epic fail that is called "the Dunk"? Should call it the "Sunk".

This state needs to get its head out of the sand. Adding a train station to an airport that isnt even large enough to serve the west coast is silly. If this project is going to be remotely considered a success the airport will need to be expanded and we all know how that is going...

People need to loose the "its just a train station for the airport" mentality... its WAY more than that... AND they need to remember they are getting the station practically free because of all of the federal funds. Rhode Island is getting this extrremely unique facility for pennies on the dollar.

1) consolidated rental car facility - currently all rental cars are scattered up and down post road occupying various parcels of realestate and shuttling customers to and from the terminal all day long.

2) commuter rail for warwick - enough said, convenience for the city and residents

Lets assume amtrak decided to throw in a few traisn per day arriving/departing to the south; now add in shuttle busses from Foxwoods/ Worcester/ Cape Cod

Now you have multi-modal connectivity all hubbed in Warwick

Sample potential itineraries:

NY resident takes Amtrak to Warwick, rents a car and drives to the cape

New London, Ct resident takes Amtrak to Providence and flies to Las Vegas

Attelboro couple takes thw train to the airport, then takes a shuttle bus to Foxwoods

Martha's Vineyard business man flies Cape Air to PVD, then takes the train to a meeting in Stamford, CT, or Sharon, MA

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Is it just me? Am I the only one that sees that this is going to end up just another epic fail project that RI sinks money into? Just like the epic fail that is called "the Dunk"? Should call it the "Sunk".

This state needs to get its head out of the sand. Adding a train station to an airport that isnt even large enough to serve the west coast is silly. If this project is going to be remotely considered a success the airport will need to be expanded and we all know how that is going...

Part of the problem is finding planes that can make the west coast. Pushing it for an A320/737. Besides, direct flying is going the way of the dodo. Just not efficient enough - most flying is going to be done through hubs.

This plan really is about getting enough traffic to establish larger longer flights. Much of the real profitable flying - the business fares - come from the Boston Metro area, particularly the 128/mass pike corridor. Right now it is too easy to go to Boston instead of Green. If done right, and that means putting the money and effort into providing frequent efficient service and not trying to budget cut it out of existence, this will fix that - it will give Green a nice direct, cheap transportation link to the local economy. And in the long run it should also help link Providence itself up, and maybe finally get going enough that you will have the revenue to do projects without such huge tax bills. But you can only cut so many corners before you start whittling yourself away.

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Most people who have a choice will choose pvd over logan at any chance they can because of the ease of geting in and out of the airport. the cost to park also is a concern. it is much cheaper to park at green and there is space not far from the terminal.

The other factor will be the demand from southern RI and CT. when the station is completed.

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There should definitely be an agreement already signed by the state and the MBTA. The state should also work on getting an agreement with the State of Conn. to extend the Shore Line route east to Providence.

If there are not trains stopping on the day that the new station opens in Sept. 2010 the governor and the entire state will look foolish.

P&W should also be encouraged to run an in state train from Westerly to Woonsocket every day using the exising freight rail and stations. If addtional stations come on line they can be added to the route. (Cranston, EG, Pawtucket/CF, Wickford)

The fourth option would be for Amtrak to also stop there. that will only happen if ridership increases and there is a demand for a station stop.

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Could you imagine what could be on this route if everyone was willing to work together and put the effort in?

This is a totally electrified route between Boston and New York. this route would be ideal for efficient EMUs if Amtrak allows the use of it's wires and line. You could have an electrified route to Boston, to Providence downtown, to Connecticut, and even to New York. Mohegan sun lies just up the tracks from New London, and the line all the way from Worcester extends right into Providence.

What it is going to take is a lot of cooperation between agencies and businesses, making sure that there is frequent, comfortable, useable access to the airport, and making sure that the parties involved find efficient vehicles and invest in the proper infrastructure.

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The latest update about the intermodal project is on the airport's website:

http://www.pvdairport.com/main.aspx?guid=3...bc-1e38df9387a5

30 July 2009

Intermodal Overview

The Intermodal Project is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The $267 million transportation hub will allow MBTA commuter rail service to TF Green airport and Warwick, RI. This project will have the first elevated fueling platforms in the country.

The project is broken into four major areas of construction - the Terminal End Improvements (TEI); the Skywalk; the customer service operations building (CSO) and the parking garage and fueling platforms. These four major components of the Intermodal project are being built concurrently.

Overnight work will include some lane shifts and single-lane closures, but traffic will still be able to navigate in and around the airport.

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has joined the project team. CBRE will serve as a project manager working on behalf of the rental car operators. Floors three through six of the garage will be used solely by the rental car operators. These floors will be outfitted with fueling and cleaning equipment for the quick turn around of rentals. CBRE will handle the hiring of general contractors to execute this work.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) walls are being placed. Spray fireproofing is being applied to the building

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