Transportation has varied over time. From horses and wagons to trains, buses, and motor vehicles, it often reflects and is dependent on the local needs.
When there was an abundance of mills, trains branched off the main tracks in Wood River Junction, to service the local communities. They were used as a mode of transportation between the towns and even by students attending high school in Westerly.
As the mills closed, trains no longer ran into villages, such as Hope Valley, and were replaced by buses:
OUTLYING TRANSIT HISTORY (WESTERLY)
1894-1908 – Pawcatuck Valley Street Railway
After 1908 – Pawcatuck Valley Street Railway (Rhode Island Co.)
Private bus co. in 1952 – Tally Ho Stages
(source: Chicago Rail Fan)
Most households today have several cars in the driveway, however commuter trains are once again becoming popular