|Heyyyy, that just says "Kingston"! What gives?|
|The parking lot.|
|The station drop-off/pick-up area.|
|Oh my gosh, I love this building so much!|
|Who's that in the mirror? And Sam's sitting on the bench, for the record.|
|Some more amenities.|
|Up on the footbridge.|
|A train comin' in!|
|A different train...on the wrong track!|
Ridership: This is the second-busiest Amtrak station in Rhode Island! ...Okay, so there are only three Amtrak stations in the state, but Kingston still gets good ridership - 156,412 riders annually (and rising each year), or a little less than 430 per day. Keep in mind that we're talking about a long-distance service at a station in the middle of nowhere!
Pros: Oh my gosh, I've never been to a middle-of-nowhere station with so many amenities and so much character. Heck, I've never been to a station period with so many amenities and so much character! Sam and I were stuck here for multiple hours (don't ask), but it was still an enjoyable experience thanks to the lovely building. The new high-level platform makes it much easier and faster for trains to board, too.
Cons: Well, I can only assume the elevators will be fixed. Other than that, the fares here are pretty expensive. Yes, I know it's the Northeast Corridor, but $16.00 for the morning commute to Providence seems a little pricey (and that's only if you pay in advance). The 66 is double the time, but only an eighth of the price!
Nearby and Noteworthy: URI is pretty close, but I would recommend taking the bus from here rather than walking for two miles. Other than that, there isn't much around the station that doesn't require taking a car or bus to get to.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I've slowly been falling in love with this station whilst writing this review. That building is so charming it's ridiculous! If only most Commuter Rail stations had this many amenities! The high-level platform is a very welcome addition, as well. The only true complaint I have with the station is its elevators, which I assume are being fixed - the whole fare thing is more Amtrak's fault than the station's. So yeah, overall, I would give Kingston a visit if you're interested in old station buildings and are willing to head out a pretty long distance to find one!
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