Senator fights against losing park and ride
Facing the prospect of losing the free park-and-ride lot at the intersection of Route 102 and Route 2 in North Kingstown, Sen. James Sheehan has written to the state Department of Transportation calling for a new free parking area “for the hard-working residents” of the area.
In a letter last week to Transportation Director Michael Lewis, Sheehan expressed his concern about the possibility of losing the existing public parking lot. He said that there has been a proposal before the state to sell the property to CVS and move the parking area a quarter mile away to a piece of land on Route 2. Although the existing lot sale is still pending, he said he has now been informed that the nearby alternate parking area is no longer being considered as feasible. Instead, the Department of Transportation is seeking to send commuters to park at the MBTA commuter train station parking lot, which charges for parking.
“I believe,” Sheehan said in his letter to Lewis, “that keeping a free, public park and ride in the same general vicinity of the current location best meets the needs of the constituents of my district and community. As a result, I request that DOT arrange to provide and maintain free public parking for the hard-working residents who make use of the current parking area.”
Sheehan said his primary concern is not that motorists would have to drive to another location, but that they would be forced to pay for parking.