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WPRI: Providence’s streetcar plan hits snag as feds reject $39M proposal

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Jef Nickerson, founder and editor of the urban planning and development blog Greater City Providence, told WPRI.com that it is “disappointing that Rhode Island prioritizes funding for automobile infrastructure but continues to fail in funding for mass transit services in the state’s urban core.” Nickerson cited the General Assembly’s inability to pass legislation that would provide a reliable source of …

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project Community Meeting, May 14th

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence11 Comments

Photo (cc) Trisha Crabb Community Meeting – Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project – North Main Street The City of Providence and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) invite you to share your thoughts on the future of North Main Street. Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street Monday, May 14th, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (Presentation at 6:00 …

Barry Schiller: On the Draft New 4-Year TIP – Public Hearing April 26

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Underneath the Providence Viaduct. Photo © RIDOT Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999. The draft 2013-2016 RI Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a plan to spend about $1.1 billion, has been released by Statewide Planning. In …

Core Connector Study public Open Houses in November

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RIPTA & the City of Providence Will Hold Three Open Houses to Hear Feedback on Proposed Streetcar Route RIPTA and the City of Providence are nearing completion of the Providence Core Connector Study, a year-long effort to evaluate the costs and benefits of a potential new transit route through Downtown, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. The project aims to …

Streetcars: The train station is out, but that’s OK

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson30 Comments

The latest Core Connector (Streetcar) study document can be found here. [.pdf] The main question that has been at issue with the Core Connector alignment is how to serve both the train station and College Hill at the northern end while maintain frequent service between those points and the Hospital District at the southern. If northbound trains split with every …

Providence Subway!?

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Check out this map posted in our Flickr Group by pdxcityscape: Visit the Flickr Page to see a larger version. That’s a plan for a streetcar system with central subway for Providence from 1914. pdxcityscape writes on Flickr: Proposed Providence Subway Map – 1914 Imagine Providence now if this was built… Around the time that the East Side Streetcar (now …

Providence Core Connector Study Survey

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The Providence Core Connector Study is seeking input from those who live, work, visit, or go to school in downtown Providence, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. A brief survey is available through May 13th. If you have a moment, please take a few minutes to complete this survey about your travel patterns and current and potential transit usage. The …

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What Cheer/What Jeer 2010

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Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Whether you love it or hate it, Providence will soon be getting a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River. Design firms large and small from around the world entered the competition that led to the winning design. And the competition got people around the city interested in transportation and design. RIPTA Last year we declared …

City Plan Commission Meeting, Dec. 14

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Notice of Regular Meeting Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 OPENING SESSION Call to Order Roll Call Approval of meeting minutes from November 16th, 2010 – for action Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2011 calendar year – for action PROVIDENCE TOMORROW 1. Downtown …

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – December 13, 2010

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, December 13, 2010 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Conference Room 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 13, 2010 and October 18, 2010 Acceptance of the DRC 2011 Monthly Meeting Schedule New Business 1. DRC Application No. 10.19, …

Core Connector Study Meeting, Dec. 9

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Greater City Providence12 Comments

Providence Core Connector Study December Public Forum Three potential route options are now being reviewed to identify relative strengths, weaknesses, costs and benefits. The results will be presented at an upcoming public forum: Thursday, December 9th Providence Central Library 150 Empire Street, 3rd floor Providence, RI 5pm to 7pm Interactive Map of three potential routes. Project Overview [.pdf]

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Peter Brassard: The Core Connector system should connect more than just Downtown

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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. Providence’s Core Connector transit system should be based on its ability to interconnect the city’s Occupation Districts and cultural venues, not just to Downtown and parts of the East Side and South Providence. …