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RINPR: New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

Gov. Chafee says he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis says there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

I have heard the Governor’s plan could include moving many bus operations from Kennedy Plaza to the Gano Street end of the tunnel and could cost something like a ZILLION dollars. This all sounds very fanciful especially coming from a lame-duck administration. No word from RIPTA about what they think about such a thing.

Also, the tunnel hasn’t been inspected in 20-years!? WTF!?

It does seem a waste to let such a valuable piece of infrastructure sit and rot, what would you do with it?

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East Side Bus Tunnel Temporary Detours

The East Side Bus Tunnel will be partially closed for lighting upgrades April 27-29 and May 2.

Due to East Side Tunnel Closing, RIPTA to Detour Six Routes In Providence April 27 – 29 and May 2, 2011

Detours will be in effect 8:30am – 2:00pm

April 25, 2011 – Providence, RI… Due to the temporary closing of the East Side Tunnel in Providence, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will temporarily detour Route 35 (Rumford/Newport Ave.), Route 40 (Butler/Elmgrove), Route 42 (Hope Street), Route 49 (Camp Street/Miriam Hospital), Route 78 (Beverage Hill/Newport Ave.) and Route 92 (Federal Hill/East Side). The detours will be in effect 8:30am – 2:00pm on Wednesday, April 27th, Thursday April 28th, Friday, April 29th, and Monday, May 2, 2011. The lighting in the tunnel will be upgraded during this period.

Further information about route detours can be found on RIPTA’s website.

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