Overpass Construction Update:
Projected end date was expected in December of 2004, revised and extended
to Jan 12th. The final tasks are elevator inspection, and automated
door inspection. High level ADA platform inspection is included in
the project at each end of the station on both tracks one and two,
which will allow wheelchair delivery at train level with ramp down
to platform level. The schuttle bus will be retained at least till
the third week of January 2005.
The overpass construction is being built by the Carlin Company under
contract with Amtrak and in continuation of the North East Corridor
Improvement Project started at Kingston Station in 1976. For more
information Google "Amtrak NECIP".
Carlin Company is also responsible for building a similar but more
elaborate version of overpass at the Amtrak station in Old Saybrook.
The overpass was necessary result of the high speed "Acela"
named trains run by Amtrak from Boston to Washington D.C. Passengers
are no longer allowed to cross over tracks to access trains as was
the custom in the past.
A stairway leads from the track 2 platform to the track 1 platform
across from the Kingston Station. A track 3 will eventually follow
on the west side of the track 1 platform when future commuter train
plans are realized by the state of Rhode Island. The rail yard is
owned by Amtrak. The stairways were opened for the Thanksgiving holiday
traffic on November 23rd, 2004. This action took some pressure off
the staff and the driver of the temporary shuttle bus to track 1.
An elevator set is in place for both track 1 and track 2 in complience
with ADA rules for handicap access. The inspection required for use
of the elevators is expected to be produced by the end of December
of 2004 or before. The back-up generator at Kingston Station will
serve to insure the elevator will be backed up in case of power failure.
A back up battery is planned for the elevator on track 1 side to lower
the elevator and open the exit door in case of a power failure.
The Kingston Station served over 90.000 passengers in the year of
2000, only two years after the reconstruction effort supported by
the Friends of Kingston Station Inc. This was a twenty percent rise
in service over the 1998 sales numbers provided to RIARP. The numbers
of passengers using the station at Kingston do not include a commuter
service or other railroad other than Amtrak at this time.
For more information and updates you might consider joining the Friends
of Kingston Station Inc. A bi-annual newsletter is provided to the
members. A "join" link is provided on the homepage.