WPRI: Study: Providence worst city for the disabled

A study released Wednesday suggests that Providence is the worst city in the U.S. for people with disabilities.


Overall, Providence finished dead last. Rhode Island’s capital was also ranked last in economic environment for the disabled, 146th in health care, and 101st for quality of life.

Could scenes like this have anything to do with the poor quality of life for the disabled in Providence?


Capital Center Design Review Committee Meeting – October 6, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 • 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903



  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
  3. Meetings of June 16, 2015 and August 4, 2015
  4. Parcel 12
    Continued design review of plans for the construction of a new hotel on the property.
  5. Adjournment

ProJo: Raimondo pushes out managers, dismisses employees at ‘dysfunctional’ DOT


Image from RIDOT

Having diagnosed Rhode Island’s transportation bureaucracy as “dysfunctional,” Governor Raimondo Wednesday outlined the steps she’s taking to fix it — with or without revenue from proposed truck tolls.

In an overhaul of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation that started earlier this year, Raimondo said she has pushed out several managers, adopted private-sector planning processes and begun hiring workers to reduce the agency’s reliance on outside contractors.

RIDOT has also either dismissed or accepted the resignation of “four or five” unidentified employees for “dishonesty,” including false record keeping and not being where they said they were, according to Director Peter Alviti.

I don’t have anything nice to say about RIDOT so I won’t say anything at all.


RIPTA Fare Restructuring Proposals


News from PBN and EcoRI about RIPTA’s proposed fare changes:

Providence Business News: RIPTA eyes expanded service, but who will pay?

A U.S. census survey, called the American Community Survey, in 2013 reported that 2.9 percent of Rhode Islanders used public transportation at least once a week.

Largely because of its small size, Rhode Island has a density that rivals New Jersey — with 1,018 people per square mile. For comparison purposes, 10.8 percent of the New Jersey population used public transportation, while 27 percent of the state of New York did so, according to the census survey.

Rhode Island’s density is what officials at state transportation agencies point to when arguing that increased investment in public transit is a smart move.

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RIBike: Meetings with RIDOT

We had two meetings last week with Deputy Director of RIDOT, Pete Garino. One was a roundtable with a number of other advocates for biking & transit, one was one-on-one. There are changes afoot at RIDOT, and we wanted to let you know what’s going on.


Transport Providence: Beg Buttons Got to Go

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission recently sent a letter to Mayor Elorza advising that our city phase out use of pedestrian crossing push buttons (aka beg buttons) citywide, with a special focus on school zones, commercial districts, and the areas around recreation centers.