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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island National Guard today announced enhanced free train service to the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show this weekend, May 20 and 21. The Air Show attracts about 18,000 people and last year 4,000 rode the trains from Providence and T.F. Green stations. This year there will be twice as many trips scheduled and trains will also originate from Wickford Junction Station. The announcement was made at the Providence train station.
Air Show train service debuted last year to help alleviate congestion on major highways leading to the annual event at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. Attendees can catch the train at Providence Station, 100 Gaspee St., Providence; T.F. Green Station, 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick; or Wickford Junction Station, 1011 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown. There will be three trains to the show from each station, with returning trains running from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Train riders will receive a color-coded hand stamp to indicate their return station, and RIDOT staff at the Air Show will direct riders to the proper departure points based on the station from which they came.
Below are some guidelines for what you can and cannot bring with you on the trains to the show.