Brown and Angell Traffic Change

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz4 Comments

An accident waiting to happen? The intersection at Brown Street and Angell Street on College Hill has long been a three way stop between the unidirectional Angell Street and the bidirectional Brown Street, with the prominent pedestrian intersection there benefiting. Last week, the stop signs on the Angell side were removed and a new traffic light East of the intersection …

Transit Gaps

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Photo by SignalPAD from Flickr Today’s Boston Globe has a story about the Downeaster Amtrak service between Boston and Portland, Maine. The Downeaster is Amtrak’s fastest growing rail line, with ridership increasing this year 36.7%, compared to a 17.5% average for Amtrak’s other so-called short-distance routes, and 10.3% for Amtrak’s long-distance routes. Commuters make up about a third of the …

Transportation Bond Passes…

In Transportation by Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

… and with it jobs will be created, critical infrastructure repairs will be accomplished, our region’s economic viability will improve, and the dream of taking the train to the plane from Boston through Wickford Junction and everywhere in between inches closer to completion. The Projo has coverage here. PS: Kudos to the Black Rep folks in downtown Providence who did …

Google Maps Adds Walking Directions!

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

View Larger Map I spotted this post on Lifehacker this morning and immediately had to give it a shot. Sure enough, Google Maps now lets you find walking directions. I also noticed that when using GMaps to give you directions using public transit, the portion of your journey that may include a walk now has turn-by-turn walking directions instead of …

Biking Beyond Recreation

In Environment, Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Photo credit: Alex Jarrett from the Pedal People website On the heels of the success of Bike To Work Day, the formation of the Providence Bicycle Coalition, and the recent news about Providence’s initiative to add bike lanes and signage to the city, this is a perfect time to dream a little bigger. Last week I went to visit some …

RIPTA Hearings on proposed fare hikes

In RIPTA, Transportation by Aaron MasriLeave a Comment

Board Votes to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases RIPTA’s board of directors voted at it’s April 7th meeting to hold public hearings on proposed fares increases. Sharp hikes in the cost of fuel are behind the fare increase proposal. “Unfortunately, we have to seek fare increases to compensate for some of the steep increases in fuel costs. Fuel …

Coming to a thoroughfare near you; bike lanes

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson for gcpvd.org In a press release about National Bike to Work Day (May 16th) we learn from Bike Providence that the city is planning to stripe bike lanes on several streets in the city. The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development has completed plans for the striping and signing of bicycle routes along many …

Google Transit Rhode Island!

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

View Larger Map We asked for it, and we got it! As Daily Dose reported last night, Google Transit now includes the state of Rhode Island. This means that now whenever you use Google Maps to find directions in Rhody, you now have a link in the upper left corner that says Directions: Drive There – Take Public Transit. It …

Google Transit and RIPTA

In Transportation by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Google Transit Seattle I often hear people say they would like to use public transit more often, but understanding all the schedules and routes is cumbersome and time consuming. If you rely on public transit every day, you are obligated to learn the system, but if you are just a casual user and want to include public transit as one …

You can’t get there from here

In Transportation, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Bad news, RIPTA’s Providence/Newport fast ferry service will end October 16, 2008, for good. RIPTA reports in their January 31st Destinations eNewsletter that the service will end do to the expiration of federal funds. Federal Funding Made Ferry Possible “We’re proud that we were able to secure federal funding for three consecutive three-year grant cycles, $575,000 annually for a total …

Hey, let’s take the train to Woonsocket

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

Photo by pdxstreetcar Wha? You may be asking yourself, ‘why would I want to go to Woonsocket?’ Be kind. Or you may be asking yourself, ‘There’s a train to Woonsocket?’ Well there are train tracks, and freight trains go through there, you could jump on a box car on Allens Avenue and hitch a ride to Woonsocket. But as fun …

Warwick lands one of 74 American Smart car dealerships

In Transportation by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

PBN reports that one of the 74 Smart Car dealerships slated for the US will be located in Warwick, on Bald Hill Road. The Smart Car is a tiny car popular in Europe and well suited to urban environments. Able to park head first facing the curb in a parallel parking space for example. I test drove one when they …

This is how people get killed by snowplows

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Atwells Avenue, December 20, 2007. This is my walk to work. The City came out yesterday and moved the snow/ice from the parking lane and piled it up on the sidewalk (a city owned sidewalk). So a week after the Storm of the Centurytm, I’m still walking in the street. Happily, I have not been run over by a snowplow… …

OK, let’s talk about the snow

In Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Atwells Avenue at the Service Road, Friday morning December 14th. In case you weren’t aware of it, it snowed last Thursday. Depending on who’s counting we got between 7 inches and a foot in Providence, substantial, but this it New England right? Maybe not. Traffic was gridlocked Thursday afternoon and into the night. Kids were trapped on buses, cars were …