R.I. transportation officials say taking over Wickford rail station ‘no-brainer’

Source: Patrick Anderson, Providence Journal, August 25, 2015

Rhode Island’s top transportation official Tuesday said he doesn’t know why his predecessors at the Department of Transportation kept renewing a contract to run the Wickford Junction commuter rail station in North Kingstown that, by his estimate, paid more than three times what it would cost the state to do the work itself. … Making current RIDOT employees clean bathrooms, shovel snow, cut grass, make repairs and watch over the Wickford Junction station and parking garage will cost the state $112,200 each year, the agency said, instead of the $488,984 it was paying the owner of the surrounding shopping plaza.