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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.

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WPRI: Providence’s streetcar plan hits snag as feds reject $39M proposal

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Jef Nickerson, founder and editor of the urban planning and development blog Greater City Providence, told that it is “disappointing that Rhode Island prioritizes funding for automobile infrastructure but continues to fail in funding for mass transit services in the state’s urban core.” Nickerson cited the General Assembly’s inability to pass legislation that would provide a reliable source of …

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Providence streetcar back on track

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson22 Comments

In late 2009 then Mayor David Cicilline unveiled the Metro Transit Study, calling for the return of streetcars to Providence. In the intervening years, the Core Connector study has looked at the possibilities for doing just that, through studies and public meetings. A locally preferred alternative route connecting the East Side with the Hospitals area in Upper South Providence has been approved by RIPTA.

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 …

Core Connector Study public Open Houses in November

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RIPTA & the City of Providence Will Hold Three Open Houses to Hear Feedback on Proposed Streetcar Route RIPTA and the City of Providence are nearing completion of the Providence Core Connector Study, a year-long effort to evaluate the costs and benefits of a potential new transit route through Downtown, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. The project aims to …

Streetcars: The train station is out, but that’s OK

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson30 Comments

The latest Core Connector (Streetcar) study document can be found here. [.pdf] The main question that has been at issue with the Core Connector alignment is how to serve both the train station and College Hill at the northern end while maintain frequent service between those points and the Hospital District at the southern. If northbound trains split with every …

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Yankees (parking garage) suck!, Amtrak looks for private investment in Northeast Corridor, corner markets, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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There’s no there there at the Greenway, Megabus to Cape Cod, porous streets in Philadelphia, and more in today’s News & Notes.

Providence Core Connector Study Survey

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The Providence Core Connector Study is seeking input from those who live, work, visit, or go to school in downtown Providence, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. A brief survey is available through May 13th. If you have a moment, please take a few minutes to complete this survey about your travel patterns and current and potential transit usage. The …

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Apartments, stores planned on Loyola Avenue near Superdome [The Times-Picayune] Spurred by the future Loyola Avenue streetcar line, a local development firm plans to transform a sea of downtown [New Orleans] parking lots into 450 apartments and 125,000 square feet of shops and restaurants that it calls the South Market District. Jewelry District, this is your fuiture. In Quest for …