Slow The Hell Down

In GC: Photos, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Photo © e_pics from Flickr e_pics submitted the above photo to our Flickr Group. This photo is from Silver Spring Street at the entrance to Walmart. e_pics says he happened to run into the person who posted this sign who said he posted it because his daughter kept getting splashed by cars speeding down the street while waiting at the …

Reminder: I-95 South Closures Upcoming

In Transportation by Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

As has been widely reported, I-95 will this week have the beginning of some intense work to remove overpasses. Downtown sections of the road will be closed to traffic during overnight hours. This will mostly be taking place the last two weeks of this month and the first week of February. The first closures will take place overnight from 11 …

Hint, Hint…

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz2 Comments

As has been widely reported, Team Obama is on their way to the inauguration via rail in what we all can hope will be symbolic of a greater mass transit push in the years ahead. One national newscast even described Joseph Biden as the “nation’s most famous, frequent Amtrak rider.” While, for the purpose of message, I would have loved …

T.F. Green Intermodal Facility

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

T.F. Green Intermodal Facility Rendering T.F. Green Intermodal Facility Rendering If you haven’t been to the airport lately, you may not realize that the Intermodal Facility at the airport is actually well underway. The project includes a new rail station across Post Road from the airport. The station is currently set to serve MBTA commuter rail trains between the airport …

Hudson River plane crash

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Photo REUTERS/Brendan McDermid from Boston.com Wow! Everyone made it out safe! Reports indicate that the plane hit a flock of birds (NTSB will not confirm that ahead of an investigation), disabling it’s engines. The pilot was able to make a controlled landing in the Hudson River and everyone on board was able to escape with only minor injuries reported. Just …

Bus Shelter Snow Shoveling Answer

In RIPTA, Snow, Transportation by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

Mary Ann Barbary from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority generously answered a question I emailed her about a topic that came up several weeks ago here on the Greater City Providence… When it snows, who is responsible for shoveling the bus shelters? Here is the answer: Lamar Advertising owns and maintains THEIR bus shelters which are clearly marked with …

REBOOT: East Side Rail Tunnel (Part I)

In Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

Click image to enlarge REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on Greater City Providence 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 …

Where’s the strategic investment?

In Government, Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

In President-elect Obama’s weekly address he discusses American Recovery and Reinvestment. In the video above (transcript here) Obama says: That’s why we need an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that not only creates jobs in the short-term but spurs economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term. And this plan must be designed in a new way – can’t just fall …

The Answer to RIPTA’s Crisis?

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image (cc) Ric e Ette This morning I read on MAKE Magazine about the Busycle: Called the Busycle, this bicycle behemoth moves under the power of 28 human legs, plus a driver. And while it can only go about 4 miles per hour, the infectious camaraderie of its passenger power-train just might make it exhilarating. This looks like a fun …

Free T Tonight

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Photo (cc) TalkingTree from Flickr The MBTA has free service tonight (yes that includes Commuter Rail from and to Providence), and special services after midnight. Meanwhile RIPTA is detouring buses all over creation, not free, and does not run until or past midnight to most (any?) areas. So that’s not really a transit option if you plan to ring in …

Free WiFi on the MBTA

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

According to the MBTA website, they will be rolling out free WiFi on all commuter rail systems in the Spring! Based on our successful pilot program on the Framingham/Worcester Line, the MBTA is proud to offer its commuter rail customers first in the nation FREE Wi-Fi service via the MBTA”²s Commuter Rail Connect initiative. Beginning December 2008, wireless routers will …

What Do You Think of a Gas Tax?

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz8 Comments

All of a sudden, the idea of instituting a much higher gas tax (to keep gas at about 4-5 dollars a gallon) to fund transportation and infrastructure seem to be getting a lot of press. The comprehensive automotive industry blog Autoblog reports on great editorials at Ward’s Auto World (must reading) and Tom Friedman again in the NY Times (who …

NYTimes Friedman: Stop Being “Dumb” and Focus on Infrastructure

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz2 Comments

Tom Friedman, the author and NYTimes commentator, is hardly new to the “infrastructure is sexy” school of thought. His writing is always interesting, controversial, and powerful (if a bit simplistic, especially on automotive matters). In today’s NYTimes he focuses on the huge contrasts between taking the train to the plane in Hong Kong and in New York and how we …

Sidewalk rant: Bus stop edition

In Snow, Transportation by Matthew Coolidge3 Comments

I’ve seen bus shelters along Douglas Ave completely inaccessible and people standing in the street waiting for the bus. Outside my office on Jefferson Blvd, my coworkers wait for their bus at the above pictured shelter which also has not been graced by a shovel. I see the fire department shovel out the fire hydrants. Property owners are supposed to …

No American Streetcars!?!?

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz9 Comments

I got to thinking about streetcars and who builds them during a recent North Main Street meeting held by the Summit Neighborhood Association. Fellow gcpvd’er David Rocha mentioned that perhaps our struggling U.S. automakers could be deployed in building something other than cars, like streetcar systems and light rail. This idea is especially attractive (and ironic) since GM was once …

Annual sidewalk rant: Neverending snowstorm edition

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

An ongoing tradition here at Greater City Providence, the annual sidewalk rant. So let’s start with the peeviest of my peeves, the Route 95 overpasses. This is the snow on the sidewalks on the Broadway Bridge this afternoon: Here’s some fine citizens struggling over the bridge on foot, looks like they are returning from the mall with some Christmas gifts: …

It snowed where?

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

AP Photo by Alex Brandon It snowed in New Orleans today?! They get streetcars, they get snow… New Orleans is so lucky. 🙁 Update: What the what!? Houston has streetcars and snow too! AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Sharon Steinmann via Boston.com Where are our streetcars, where is our snow? 🙁

We Thought RIPTA had it Bad… Big MTA Cuts Coming…

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Well, RIPTA’s current predicament and funding scheme actually is bad, but any lovers of mass transit or lovers of New York reading this NYTimes article would find it even more depressing… Some cuts that are really borderline draconian. Are we going back to the days of slow, grimy, graffiti-covered subway cars in dungeon-like stations?