Greater City Providence

House hearing on Transportation funding

Positive reaction to transportation funding bills at State House Finance Committee hearing.

[State Rep. Art] Handy’s proposals would start paying the bill with a new fuel tax, increased vehicle registration fees and, perhaps, a direct tax on driving itself. All three plans have been talked about before, but Handy has put them into legislation that would implement two and study the third.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • This proposal is crazy. Residents cannot afford these new taxes. People will begin to leave en masse.

  • People will not start leaving en masse. People will be able to have real public transportation and RIPTA will be funded properly rather than go through a budget crisis every year. They might actually be able to *gasp* increase service.

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