Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the forum held during his visit (anyone who did, please feel free to share you impressions in the comments). It is certainly good to get the Administration up here to listen to our plans.
From Providence City News:
“I’m pleased that Secretary LaHood has taken a keen interest in our comprehensive proposal for a robust public transportation system for the Providence metropolitan area,” said Mayor David N. Cicilline. “Secretary LaHood and President Obama’s administration recognize that expanded, modern transit systems are absolutely essential to job creation and the long-term health and prosperity of our nation’s cities.”
“I appreciate the Mayor’s commitment to a modern, comprehensive transportation strategy as a critical component of Rhode Island’s economic future,” said Secretary LaHood.
Secretary LaHood and representatives from the Congressional delegation were taken on a trolley tour of various sites throughout the city including a potential streetcar route, new transit hubs currently under construction by RIPTA and a new rapid transit service scheduled to be launched in the fall that will connect two major bus routes (Broad Street and North Main/Pawtucket) creating a more pleasing and convenient experience for commuters.