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Rhode Island Transit Future: Ideas – Urban Core Light Rail — PRO-TRAM

In Transportation by Peter Brassard10 Comments

Max light rail, bus, and streetcar operating in the street in Portland, Oregon. Photo (cc) Kevin Zolkiewicz RIPTA’s bus hub proposal and bus rerouting for Downtown Providence will produce headways (the time between arrivals) of two to six minutes. Headways for the streetcar are proposed to be ten minutes and the streetcar path would mostly duplicate RIPTA’s proposed Downtown bus …

Commuter Rail, Urban Infill Stations, and Shuttle Train Rapid Transit

In Featured, RIPTA, Transportation by Peter Brassard42 Comments

DMU train in Luxumbourg. Photo (cc) bindonlane Rhode Island’s commuter rail service as currently conceived may not be conducive to encouraging ridership. Distances between existing and proposed stations are too far. Much of the focus has been on extending the system further into low-density suburbs. For Rhode Island commuter rail to succeed, more needs to be done to take advantage …

Peter Brassard: RIPTA presents its Vision for the Future of Transit in Rhode Island

In Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Transportation by Peter Brassard3 Comments

Greater City: Providence reader Peter Brassard attended RIPTA’s 5-year plan community meeting yesterday. Here are is what he learned. The Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) and the Transit 2020 Action Committee hosted Tuesday’s Community Briefing for RIPTA’s 5-year Strategic Plan at URI’s Janice Paff Auditorium in Providence. Mark Therrien, RIPTA Assistant General Manager explained that RIPTA’s philosophy has made a …

Why a Monorail is Better than a Streetcar

In Featured, Transportation by Peter Brassard17 Comments

This post was submitted Greater City Providence reader Peter Brassard. If you’ve written something you’d like us to consider posting, please contact us and let us know. A monorail is a better choice than a streetcar. The construction costs for a light monorail are similar to streetcars, but operational costs would be roughly 70% less. It is true that both …