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2 RIPTA routes to be detoured for Reservoir Avenue bridge work


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RIPTA Routes 21 and 22 will be detoured starting Monday, April 23rd due to the closure of the Reservoir Avenue bridge over Amtrak for repairs.

Due to Reservoir Avenue Bridge repairs, RIPTA to detour Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.)

Due to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) repairs to the Reservoir Avenue Bridge, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will detour Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.) in the Providence/Cranston area. RIPTA will detour Route 21 and Route 22 beginning with the first trip on Monday, April 23, 2012, and continue for approximately thirty days.

The Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.) detour is as follows:

Inbound trips will travel the regular route to the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues, then take a right onto Narragansett Avenue, left onto Roger Williams Avenue, left onto Elmwood Avenue and then resume the regular route.

Outbound trips will travel the regular route to the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues, continue on Elmwood Avenue, take a right onto Roger Williams Avenue, right onto Narragansett Avenue, left onto Reservoir Avenue, and then resume the regular route.

For more information on RIPTA services, customers may call 781-9400.

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Providence receives HUD grant to improve transit on high ridership bus routes

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Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project

The City of Providence has been awarded a Community Planning Challenge Grant through HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities to conduct the Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities study. The project will focus on the highest ridership bus routes in the city– Broad Street, Chalkstone Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Manton Avenue, and North Main Street. Over the next 18 months, the City and RIPTA will be working together to conduct corridor studies to improve transit service, enhance bus stops and other pedestrian amenities, and encourage the development of mixed-income housing and opportunities for jobs and the arts near transit. Once the corridor studies are complete, the City will update and revise the Providence Zoning Ordinance so that it will be an effective tool to implement the corridor plans and the City’s overall livability and sustainability goals.

Project Goals

  • Provide frequent, reliable transit service.
  • Improve access to employment centers, arts and cultural opportunities, and healthy food choices.
  • Encourage development that is concentrated around transit stops and offers a range of housing choices serving a variety of household types and income levels.
  • Encourage the creation of community hubs, unique to the character of the neighborhoods where they are located.

More information at ProvidenceRI.com

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RIPTA Community Meeting on Elmwood Avenue service improvements – February 28, 2012

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Photo (cc) Trisha Crabb

From RIPTA:

RIPTA and Senator Juan M. Pichardo to hold community meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

RIPTA and Senator Juan M. Pichardo (District 2) will hold a community meeting to present suggested improvements to bus stop service along Elmwood Avenue. The Route 20/Elmwood Avenue Optimization Project is part of RIPTA’s Key Bus Route Improvement Program. These proposed improvements are scheduled to be completed by October 2013. The meeting is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the RIPTA Conference Room, located at 269 Melrose Street in Providence. For more information on this project, email Amy Pettine at apettine@ripta.com.

Also, don’t forget RIDOT is holding a meeting on proposed MBTA service cuts and fare increases on Monday the 27th.

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“Elmer the Elm” lobotomized

Elmwood Avenue at Route 95. Reader submitted photo.

A reader wrote in to us several weeks ago to report the lobotomization of several trees on Elmwood Avenue at the ramp from Route 95. Among the trees that had their tops sheared off was Elmer, who survived both the widening of Elmwood Avenue, which resulted in the removal of most of its namesake trees, and the construction of Route 95. The photo below was submitted by our reader and shows Elmwood Avenue during the construction of Route 95 in 1966. Elmer is visible at right past the bridge abutments.

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