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 …

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GC: Exchange – Tuesday, May 8, 2007

In Events, Transportation by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Quick reminder, the Greater City: Exchange is Tuesday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm at Jewel Cafe & Lounge 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. At the GC: Exchange we will be viewing a presentation and having a discussion on the Transit 2020 Report. We’ll also be enjoying drinks, eats, and will have plenty of time to meet and speak …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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The next Greater City: Exchange will be Tuesday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm at Jewel Cafe & Lounge, 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. Please join us for open discussion about the city. Hors d’Å“uvres will be provided by Jewel. Our special guest will be Garry Bliss, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the City of Providence. Garry …

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Bret discusses Transit 2020 on “The City”

In Transportation, Video by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

This month Greater City Providence’s Vice President, Bret Ancowitz appears on The City, Mayor Cicilline’s cable access television show. Also appearing are Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart RI and Garry Bliss, Director of Policy, City of Providence. The topic of conversation was the recently released Transit 2020 Report. We look forward to having Garry at our next GC: Exchange …

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Westerly to Woonsocket in 10 minutes

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Rhode Island needs one of these: This video is from France2 Television [Story in French] and shows the TGV train reaching a new world speed record of 574.8 km/h (fast enough to connect any two points in Rhode Island in under the all important 15 minute threshold).

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In Transportation by Jim Rizzo1 Comment

Image Carlos Lorenzo One of the key ingredients of an urban neighborhood is its walkability, the ease of walking from your home to almost everything you could possibly need or want to do outside of it. Walkable Communities, Inc. is an organization that assists towns and cities in creating more walkable and pedestrian friendly communities. They were founded on the …

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Pawtucket train station update

In Buildings, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

A couple recent newspaper articles about the future of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station: Interesting development regarding Amtrak, from The Journal article: The city claimed its position got a boost last week when officials from Amtrak, which runs the railroad lines that pass through the station, wrote Seelbinder to assert what Amtrak says are its rights to review and approve …

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Demolition of the Pawtucket train station started today!

In Pawtucket, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportation by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

[box style=”red”]UPDATE: The Pawtucket Foundation has posted some updated information on their website.[/alert] PADS has the full story. Earlier today Bilray Demolition Co. started demolishing a portion of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station after obtaining a permit from the city of Central Falls. This a day after an engineering firm hired by the City of Pawtucket determined that the depot …

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Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station threatened

In Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportation by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

The future of Pawtucket-Central Falls train station has been the subject of much debate over the last several years. Currently the owner, Oscar “Ike” Seelbinder, has plans to demolish a large portion of the historic structure to build a CVS pharmacy. On Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00pm local residents can express their dismay about this plan by attending the City …

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Providence Needs Straphangers…

In Transportation by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

One thing that was obvious to almost everyone at the Providence Tomorrow charrettes was that few of the participants there for the transit forum were familiar with Providence’s (and RI’s) RIPTA public bus system, and that was a shame considering there were an estimated 72,000 bus rides per day on RIPTA in 2005 (an increase of 25% over the year …