Barry Schiller: Providence Planning Hosts Meeting on Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Circulation

In Downcity, Parks/Open Space, Pedestrians, Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Transportation by Guest Post2 Comments

Overall: good ideas on the parts of the project about 2-way streets and pedestrian and bike improvements around downtown, but on Kennedy Plaza, a net loss for bus riders, but not as much as once feared. The project: extend 2-way on Empire, 2-way on Dorrance in front of the Biltmore, and on Exchange Terrace on north side of Burnside Park; …

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Aaron M. Renn: For Commuter Rail, Better Service to Boston, Not Southward Expansion

In Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Reader Submissions, Transportation by Aaron Renn53 Comments

MBTA Commuter Rail passing under Providence Place. Photo (cc) Sean_Marshall. Rhode Island recently spent a large sum of money to extend MBTA commuter rail service south to TF Green Airport and Wickford Junction. Both of them feature large parking garages (although the TF Green Interlink facility is for more than rail transit) that are not typical of suburban train stations …

Reader Rant: Urban design by traffic engineers

In Pedestrians, Reader Submissions, Roads by Guest Post12 Comments

Update: This project was done by the City without the involvement of RIDOT, which makes the entire situation worse actually. Urban Design by RIDOT! Was the City complicit? I’m almost at a loss for words about the thoughtlessness in locating a new traffic signal control box within a public plaza in Olneyville Square. If this happened in Wayland Square instead, …

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

In Metro Transit Study, Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Roads, Transportation by Guest Post9 Comments

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 …