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FTA authorizes $2 million for Pawtucket commuter rail [The Valley Breeze]

Cardi’s installs state’s first car-charging station [The Providence Journal]

Researchers Confirm Link Between Active Commuting and Better Health [DC.StreetsBlog]

11th Annual RI Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival (Aug. 28) [Pawtucket Arts Festival]

Dispelling the Magic Bullet Myth “While increasing numbers of governments at all levels are embracing the use of new media tools for public participation, there’s less understanding about the fact that technology is just a means to an end. And all too often, the conventional government decision making process is not designed to embrace citizen input. Thus, simply creating an opportunity for input – even using the coolest new social media technology – likely won’t lead to a significant or sustainable increase in citizen engagement on its own.” [Next American City]

Richmond [Virginia] plans conversion of one-way streets downtown [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Providence is also working on converting a number of one-way streets into two-way streets including Empire and Weybosset; possibly Exchange Terrace, Sabin, and Dorrance; and likely several streets in relation to the rebuilt Route 195 streetgrid such as Richmond and Chestnut.

Wellbeing Lower Among Workers With Long Commutes Back pain, fatigue, worry all increase with time spent commuting [Gallup]

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