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Washington Secondary Bicycle Path

Cranston Bike Path

Barry Fontaine, Dir., Cranston Parks & Rec., 401-461-1000

Warwick Greenway

Trish Reynolds, City Architect, 401-738-6289

West Warwick Greenway

David Perry, Friends of the Greenway, 401-828-4811

Coventry Greenway

Guy Lefebvre, Coventry Parks & Rec., 401-822-9107

Trestle Trail

Lisa Lawless, RIDEM, 401-222-2776 X4312

Moosup Valley Trail

RI-CT State Line to Plainfield - 5 miles - gravel

Leslie Lewis, CT DEP, 860-424-3578
Jason Vincent, Planner, Town of Plainfield, 860-230-3028

Historic Railroad Mileage Chart

Miles*

Station Name

Municipality

0 Providence, RI Providence
1 Atwells Ave.  
2 West Providence  
3 Arlington  
3.5 West Arlington  

4

Print Works
(Cranston)
Cranston

5

Knightsville
(Wayland)
Cranston

5.5

Meshanticut Cranston

7

Oak Lawn
(Searles Corner)
Cranston

8

Pontiac
(West Pontiac
Warwick

9

Natick Warwick

10

Westcott West Warwick

11

River Point West Warwick
12 West Warwick
(Centerville)
West Warwick
13 Quidnick Coventry
13.5 Anthony Coventry
14 Washington Coventry
17 Nipmuc Coventry
18 Coventry
(Coventry Centre)
Coventry
22 Summit Coventry
24 Greene, RI Coventry
27 Oneco, CT Sterling
29 Sterling Sterling
32 Mooseup  
35 Plainfield  

* Railroad Miles from Providence
Italics = not part of Rail-trail

From mileage chart in article #10 of The Rail Lines of Southern New England by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1995.

The Washington Secondary Rail Line enters Rhode Island In Greene, RI, and travels through Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick, and Cranston to it's terminus at the Narragansett Brewery (no longer in operation) at the Providence city line. This trail is currently under construction and is being completed in pieces by the RIDOT with the cooperation of the RI National Guard. We are well on our way to having an uninterrupted greenway from the border of CT. to Providence.

<Sue Barker [sueb4@home.com] April 19, 2001 9:24 AM>

Many sections of the East Coast Greenway are still in the planning or construction stages. Potential users are accordingly urged to check the Washington Secondary Bicycle Path section of the Bike RI Construction Update page on the RI-DOT Web Site before making travel plans for the RI sections of the Trail.

Maps

A map of the Coventry Greenway is available at the East Coast Greenway Web Site. This map also shows the the planned Trestle Trail

Relevant books

A 3 mile section of the Trail between Moosup and Sterling CT is briefly described in section C of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. A 4.5 mile section of the trail within Cranston RI is briefly described in Section P of the book. 

The Trestle Trail (Coventry Center to CT border) is described in Great Rail Trails of the Northeast by Craig Della Penna. The information includes a historical background of the trail as well as a detailed description keyed to bicycle odometer readings from the author's in person trip down the trail. This book is out-of-print, but many bookstores still have copies for sale.

Newspaper Articles on the Web

East Coast Greenway

This Rail-trail will be part of the East Coast Greenway, a multi-use trail that is planned from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway has recently been selected as one of 15 trails for designation as a Millenium Trail, which should be very helpful in focusing public attention on all of the component trail projects.

Status Report to ECGA (2001 State of the Trail Report)

I. Moosup Valley Trail

Endpoints: R~ line to Pa~nfie!d

Miles: 4 Landscape: runa~

Jurisdiction: CT DEP

Status: designated ~class B)

Condition: sand/dirt surE~ce

Next step: improve trail surface

Funding allocated: $50~0O0

Contact: Les~e Lewis, CT DE~860-424-3578~ason

Vincent, PlapnenTown of Fĺ~ainfeld, 860-230-3028

 

 

 

The Moosup Valley Trail is open as a gravel path from the RI-CT State Line to River St in Plainfield.

Intercity Transportation Connections at Providence

Note that Kennedy Plaza is completely torn up at this time for the construction of a new city bus terminal. Accordingly all of the city bus routes have been changed slightly to terminate in a variety of nearby locations. Please consult the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Web Site for all of the current details! 

 Local transit to the rail-trail

Cranston

Warwick

Note that RIPTA Routes 31 and 29 can apparently be used on Weekdays and Saturdays to leapfrog the Warwick section of the trail (under construction). Southbound trail users should leave the trail at Wilbur Street to catch the Route 31 bus to Warwick Mall then transfer to the Route 29 bus to ride to the beginning of the West Warwick section near Providence & Tollgate. It is not clear whether the Route 13 bus also stops at Warwick Mall.

West Warwick

Coventry

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
271 Plainfield, CT Coventry RI
(Washington) 
1967 NH 18.5
385 Providence, RI Coventry RI
(Washington)
1990 P&W 14.6
NH = New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad
P&W = Providence & Worcester Railroad

From the "Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994" in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

Railroad History

A brief history of the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill RR was published as article #10  in The Rail Lines of Southern New England by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1995.


Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on August 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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