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Commuter rail service comes to Wickford Junction

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The Providence train station is usually bustling on a Monday morning, but for the first time, conductors got to say all aboard to Wickford Junction Station.

The commuter rail service comes to South County after 44 million dollars was sunk into the project. 33 million came from federal funding. Local passengers aboard the ceremonial ride say this is what they have been waiting for.

"We are now getting a local stop in Wickford that goes all the way to Boston," Joe Thompson said. "It's going to turn us into a bedroom community of Boston."

For most, the ceremonial ride was their first ride to Wickford Junction, but not for the Hammond family. They got up at 4 o'clock Monday morning to catch the very first train out.

"About a year ago, I promised them that the first train out, I would make sure we were on it," Stephen Hammond said.

His son Edgar was overjoyed to take the trip.

"I just like going on trains and I haven't been on a train in a long time," Edgar Hammond said.

The rain forced the speaking ceremony inside the station's parking garage that boasts 1,100 spots. Officials touted the fact that the project was done completely under budget and ahead of schedule.

"You know what this project did," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said. "It put friends and neighbors back to work building infrastructure."

20 trips every weekday will pass through the station. Edgar Hammond wishes he could be on all of them, but afternoon kindergarten will keep him from doing that. Dad says he will have to settle for just once a week.

"We're going to go on the train on Mondays, Edgar Hammond said. "Every day on Mondays!"

The train from Wickford Junction to Providence costs $2.50. It will go up to $3.25 starting July 1st.

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