Parking In Kingston, RI

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Sadie

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I currently have a ticket to go from Providence to North Carolina to see my parents over Christmas. I'm taking the overnight Northeast Regional train and transferring to the Carolinian in Washington. I'm debating on if I should change my starting point from Providence to Kingston because I know there is free parking, which would save me a ton of money. However, I also know that parking can fill up at that station.

Has anyone else ever taken the train out of there and knows how often parking fills up? Also is there a limit on how long I can leave my car in the long term parking?

Thanks all!
 

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The parking lot at KIN is also used as the parking lot for the walking/biking trail which begins at the station. (It is the former ROW of the Narragansett Pier RR.) While it does fill up sometimes (mainly later in the day), I have never had a problem. It used to be my home station for 15 years, so I’ve parked there many times.

There is no limit on length of time. But like anywhere else, I would not leave any valuables in sight in you car.
 

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What day are you departing? I have found that lot to be full but night time shouldbe better bc you won't have trail users there.

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Nicholas

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Hi Folks -

I'm planning to relocate down to Wakefield RI area and commute to Boston office. I'm looking at my weekly commute (5 days/week) options from the Wakefield RI area to South Station Boston - comparing MBTA Commuter Rail vs Amtrak - hope you might provide some of your 1st hand experience and insight below:

Fares

MBTA commuter rail from Wickford Junction is significantly less expensive ($398/month) vs Amtrak from Kingston ($614/month)

Schedule

MBTA offers two AM DEPART possibilities (6:35, 7:45) and limited (only one) PM RETURN option (7:25)

AMTRAC offers limited (two) AM DEPART options (6:17, 10:07) and better (four) PM RETURN options (5:30, 5:35,, 6:25, 6:45)

Parking

MBTA parking at Wickford Junction - covered structured parking w/ plenty of spaces

Amtrak parking - according to comments on this site is ample & should be no problem if arriving for 6:17 am commute).

Questions -

1) Does offer any little known package deals for monthly riders?

2) what is the cost for parking at Amtrak-Kingston Station?

3) what is cost for parking at MBTA Wickford junction?

4) other important considerations?

Thank you for taking the time to respond - much appreciated
 
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Max

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Hi,
I'm Max, and a prostpective student at URI. One of the most important things to me is the ability to have my car, which freshman aren't allowed to have on campus, but I've heard that freshman can keep their car off campus, and was wondering if it's possible to park my car at Kingston station while I'm in classes. What's your guys' advice?
 
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ARM

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Please don’t do this max. The parking is for people taking the train. Not for URI students to game the system and get around the no-car policy and park illegally for free every day.

Hi,
I'm Max, and a prostpective student at URI. One of the most important things to me is the ability to have my car, which freshman aren't allowed to have on campus, but I've heard that freshman can keep their car off campus, and was wondering if it's possible to park my car at Kingston station while I'm in classes. What's your guys' advice?
 
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Marca

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I’m looking to take the Amtrak from Kingston on a Thursday at 1015, but not sure if the parking situation.
Any thoughts?
 
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TimO1977

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Looking to park at KIN for maybe three night as going into NYC. Would this be possible? Any problems?
 
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GuestCarol

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Hello All,
I am looking to take the train into Boston on July 4th to meet up with my family who are flying in from Costa Rica and return with them on July 5th. I want to leave a car at Kingston station as they will have lots of baggage for their stay. Do you think I will have a problem finding a place to park on Sunday the 4th? My train departs at 10:11 am.

Thanks in advance for the reply.
 

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That's a tough one. The MBTA lot doesn't allow overnight parking (they will tow you after 2am). There are no public parking lots within walking range. I have a strange idea - maybe you could call the Dog Spa right next to the train station and ask if you purchase one of their services, could you leave your car in their lot? Depends if they have a sense of humor or not.


There is also the U-Haul dealer right down the street. There's also a bunch of car dealers/service that might store your car overnight in return for an oil change or something.

With any of those, you could drop your friends and luggage off at the station before "boarding" your car :)
 
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GuestCarol

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That's a tough one. The MBTA lot doesn't allow overnight parking (they will tow you after 2am). There are no public parking lots within walking range. I have a strange idea - maybe you could call the Dog Spa right next to the train station and ask if you purchase one of their services, could you leave your car in their lot? Depends if they have a sense of humor or not.


There is also the U-Haul dealer right down the street. There's also a bunch of car dealers/service that might store your car overnight in return for an oil change or something.

With any of those, you could drop your friends and luggage off at the station before "boarding" your car :)
Thanks much for the input and link. I live about 30 minutes away from Kingston station so perhaps I will take a ride over there early next week and see what I can work out.
 

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That's a tough one. The MBTA lot doesn't allow overnight parking (they will tow you after 2am). There are no public parking lots within walking range. I have a strange idea - maybe you could call the Dog Spa right next to the train station and ask if you purchase one of their services, could you leave your car in their lot? Depends if they have a sense of humor or not.


There is also the U-Haul dealer right down the street. There's also a bunch of car dealers/service that might store your car overnight in return for an oil change or something.

With any of those, you could drop your friends and luggage off at the station before "boarding" your car :)
Kingston is an Amtrak station and definately allows overnight parking. Wickford Junction is the MBTA station but is operated under contract by RIPTA the Rhode Island Public Tranpsortation Authority, I would call RIPTA to see if they allow overnight parking at Wickford Junction.
 
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