Providence shop local campaign and free holiday parking


From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Elorza Announces #ThinkPVD Campaign, Free Holiday Parking for Shoppers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined local businesses owners and representatives from the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to kick-off the #ThinkPVD campaign encouraging residents and visitors to “think, shop and buy locally” in the City this holiday season.

“When you shop this holiday season, I ask that you not only to buy local when buying gifts for loved ones but to “#ThinkPVD in every aspect of your purchases,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “This Saturday as we celebrate Small Business Saturday nationwide– I encourage you to take advantage of the amazing Providence based shops and restaurants we have here in the creative capital.”

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Rhode Island Transit Future: Ideas – BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) – PRO-BUS


TransMilenio – Heroes station in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo (cc) Jorge Láscar

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The Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) with the collaboration and assistance of Grow Smart RI will present on Tuesday, December 1st NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island, a forum for business, civic and political leaders—together with transit riders.

The following is the first of a series of articles meant to encourage thought and discussion on Rhode Island mass transit issues. I will try to offer perspective on several transit modes, as well as suggest potential strategies for improving transit in the state. I urge others to put their own ideas forward and to comment and improve upon mine.

walkinpvd-iconThe primary issues for Rhode Island mass transit are:

  • Travel times
  • Frequency of service
  • Negative cultural perception of transit
  • Limited funding

The first topic, which follows, is on BRT (Bus Rapid Transit).

BRT is the use of buses using mostly exclusive right-of-ways to increase travel speed and reduce delays. The system features stations with platforms. Fare payment occurs within the station or elsewhere, but not on the bus. Generally, when a bus enters a station, multiple doors open to speed up the boarding process for passengers exiting or entering.

The state is interested in exploring the possibility of incorporating BRT routes as a part of the Olneyville Expressway replacement. Others, as well as myself, have suggested downgrading the highway(s) to a boulevard, similar to what has been done with the West Side Highway in New York and the Presidio in San Francisco.

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ProJo: Grandmother killed by hit-and-run driver in Providence

walkinpvd-iconA 74-year-old grandmother was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday evening while she was crossing the street with her 31-year-old granddaughter, on Broadway near the intersection with Marshall Street, the police said.

The police are seeking a newer-model, black SUV — either a Cherokee or an Explorer, Providence Police Lt. Richard Fernandes said.

[Lt. Fernandes] doesn’t know yet whether they were in a crosswalk when they were struck around 5:05 p.m.

If shew as crossing Broadway, there is not a crosswalk at Marshall Street, pedestrians are expected to walk a block in either direction so as not to interupt the free flow of automobile traffic.

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Providence Preservation Society Advocacy Alert: Rhode Island Hospital Planning to Demolish Historic Southwest Pavilion

Next Tuesday, Rhode Island Hospital will appear before the City Plan Commission to request the demolition of the the historic Southwest Pavilion. Located at the heart of the Hospital’s campus, the Southwest Pavilion was included on the PPS Most Endangered Properties list in 2010, and stands as one of the only survivors from the original […]