CHNA Core Connector Study Meeting (Nov. 15)

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Greater City Providence1 Comment

Rendering by Ron Henderson / L+A Landscape Architecture | Click image to enlarge The College Hill Neighborhood Association is having a meeting on the Core Connector (aka Streetcar) Study, see below: To all Neighborhood Associations, Community Groups and Providence Residents: We invite you to the next… CORE CONNECTOR STUDY MEETING Providence Core Connector Study Meeting Monday, November 15th 6:30 – …

Streetcar study Public Meetings

In Downcity, Featured, Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson8 Comments

RIPTA and the City of Providence will be holding public meetings this month on their “Circulator” Providence Core Connector Study project, you may know the Providence Core Connector better as the streetcar line proposed in the Metro Transit Study. These meetings will be looking at options for making mass transit connections between the Brown University area, the Providence Train Station, …

RIPTA gets $700k in federal funds for new bus hubs

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson12 Comments

The Federal Transportation Administration announced who is receiving $290 million in TIGER funds for “Urban Circulator/Bus and Bus Livability Projects.” Rhode Island is among the recipients with $700,000 going to RIPTA to develop bus hubs outside the Downcity core. The Sub-hubs, as we’ve been calling them here, are a recommendation of the Metro Transit Study. With new smaller hubs, taking …

Transportation Secretary LaHood visits Providence

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Providence today to learn more about the Metro Transit Study. 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: …

Here we go again

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportationby Jef Nickerson15 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson ProJo reports that RIPTA is once again, in a now annual tradition, looking at fare hikes and service cuts to balance their budget deficit. John Rupp, the board chairman, said it will try to design a fare increase that won’t deny people transportation, and it will try to keep any service adjustments from doing more than …

Reader Submission: Thayer Street Station Rendering

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Rendering by Ron Henderson / L+A Landscape Architecture | Click image to enlarge Reader, Peter Brassard submitted The above rendering of a possible streetcar/bus station at the top of the tunnel on Thayer Street is from the Metro Transit Study. Read more thoughts about a future College Hill Sub-Hub here and here. CORRECTION: Peter did not draw this rendering, he …

REBOOT: College Hill Transit Sub-Hub Part 2

In Metro Transit Study, Reboot, Transportationby Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Tunnel portal at Thayer Street. Photo by Jef Nickerson. REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either …

Building Brown

In Colleges/Universities, Metro Transit Study, Roads, Transportationby Jef Nickerson5 Comments

ProJo takes a look at Brown’s scaled back development plans for Providence. Let’s take a closer look at the actual projects. Creative Arts Center Rendering view from Olive Street, from Building Brown Officially known as the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, the arts center is being built between the Brown Office Building and the Brown Walk …

REBOOT: College Hill Transit Sub-Hub

In Metro Transit Study, Reboot, Transportationby Jef Nickerson12 Comments

REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope they generate interest and discussion. One …

Marketing public transit: Los Angeles

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Marketing public transit: Los Angeles LA Metro: Promoting Mass Transit from EMBARQ Network on Vimeo. The City Fix takes a look at Los Angeles’ successful campaign to rebrand and market their transit agency, Metro. Through marketing and branding campaigns, Metro is working to change public opinion of the transit system. And it is working; discretionary ridership (people who have the …

A look at streetcar rail placement

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson19 Comments

Photo from District (of Columbia) Department of Transportation Facebook page As we get serious around here about getting some streetcars running, we should start looking around at what other cities are doing. No concrete plans of exactly how the rails are going to be laid in the streets have been done yet for Providence, the actual routing is not even …

Metro Transit Study to be released Thursday

In Metro Transit Study, Transportationby Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Photo (cc) Providence Public Library The ProJo has a very good comprehensive story on the Metro Transit Study which is to be officially released on Thursday. Really, it is a good story, the best, most balanced story on RIPTA I think I’ve ever seen in the Journal. I am planning to attend the release event on Thursday morning and will …