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PBN: The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Wickford Junction Station, image from RIDOT. “We started a few months ago, doing a deep dive looking into what the MBTA can do, what it can’t do and why,” [RIDOT Director Peter] Alviti said. “Peak periods [are] quite a challenge for them to be able to give us more frequency during rush hours.” The constriction relates to the design of …

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R.I. economy needs investment in modern and efficient transportation infrastructure

In Transportation by Liam Blank23 Comments

Train Station at T.F. Green Airport, photo from RIDOT Last week, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that, from July through the end of the year, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service will be free for people traveling within the state. The intention of the pilot program is to attract new riders who, in theory, will then …

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Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Transit Connector Public Meeting – May 9, 2017

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Please join the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority for an update on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) – a planned, high-frequency transit corridor in downtown Providence – and an opportunity to provide further input on the redesign of Kennedy Plaza. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building (first floor), 444 Westminster Street, Providence.

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What if humans evolved to survive car crashes?

In Transportation by Greater City Providence1 Comment

Humans are smart, but we’re also squishy, vulnerable, and prone to putting ourselves in heavy, explosion-powered machines that roll along the ground in excess of 70 miles per hour. In 2014, there were 32,674 car accident-related fatalities in the US alone. So what would happen if humans evolved specifically to survive an auto crash?

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RIPTA Bus Stop Design Guide Public Meetings – June 9, 15, & 20, 2016

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence1 Comment

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is currently developing bus stop design guidelines for use by RIPTA, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, municipalities and others, when roads with RIPTA bus routes are reconstructed or otherwise improved. Your input is valuable in helping shape a “complete streets” approach that enhances transit ridership through guidelines for urban, suburban and rural bus stops.

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Providence Announces Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson29 Comments

RIPTA, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, Mayor Elorza, Governor Raimondo, and the State’s Congressional Delegation today announced an enhanced transit corridor through the capital city’s downtown. The corridor will feature RIPTA buses running on a 1.4 mile route between Providence Station and the Hospitals with 4-5 minute headways.