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Boston. Photo (cc) Kevin Tostado. The Boston Globe: Don’t require more spaces; price curbside ones properly If you give a valuable resource away for free, the inevitable result is overuse and crowding. In the old Soviet Union, groceries sold eggs and butter at near-free prices, and therefore shoppers faced long lines and empty shelves. In modern Massachusetts, on-street parking is …

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Air Quality Alert – Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In RIPTA, Transportation, Weather by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Let’s do this again tomorrow; all regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in all of Rhode Island in the afternoon on Tuesday. A very humid air mass with west to southwest winds will …

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Air Quality Alert Day – Monday, June 24, 2013

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Air Quality Alert means free RIPTA fixed route service on Monday, June 24, 2013. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in all of Rhode Island in the afternoon on Monday. A very humid air mass with west to southwest winds will be present at that time, which will lead to …

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10 reasons why the Apponaug Circulator is ‘not ready to go’

In Government by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

The Providence streetcar project is not the only TIGER grant application coming from Rhode Island. RIDOT has also submitted an application for the Apponaug Circulator Long-term Improvements Project . The Mayor has thrown his support behind the streetcar however the Governor (former Mayor of Warwick) is not on board, saying through a spokesperson to WPRI that the streetcar project is, …

Rapid bus, other initiatives, coming to RIPTA

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

RIPTA CEO Raymond Studley speaking at a June 10th press conference in Burnside Park. Yesterday, RIPTA held a press conference in Burnside Park to announce transportation initiatives scheduled to take effect over the next year. Changes include route changes and bus stop realignment resulting from the Comprehensive Operational Analysis, Rapid bus service on Routes 11 and 99, real time schedule …

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ecoRI News: Parking Lots Proliferate at Twin River Getting a parking lot built in Rhode Island typically requires permits and review by state agencies and local officials. But in one case a large lot at Twin River Casino inexplicably appeared next to a wetland. Urbanophile: Milwaukee’s Relationship with the Chicago Mega-City Revisited by David Holmes I was intrigued by Aaron’s …

Two stories about the 195 Commission today

In 195 Relocation Project, Government by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

First in the Journal; “A step forward for vacant land – Former Route 195 land less polluted than anticipated, reducing one of many hurdles” The prime real estate in the heart of the capital city now available for development after the Route 195 relocation project got an environmental green light on Monday night from an engineering team. Environmental studies by …

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In News & Notes by Greater City Providence3 Comments

Governing: Tree Population Falling in Cities Trees have a tough life in cities. They face heavy stress from storms, insects, air pollution, road salt, low-quality soil and even reckless drivers. Yet the benefits of a healthy tree population are vast, from the numerous environmental qualities to the aesthetic value that comes with a green canopy in a city park or …

New City of Providence recycling program

In Environment by Greater City Providence9 Comments

The gist of the program is next month, all households are set to receive a new grey bin which will now be used for trash. The current green bins will be retrofitted with a blue lid and will now be your super duper single stream recycling bin. Here’s all the details from the City: Download a flyer explaining the program …

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Some people get wicked excited to take the bus… Via Human Transit. Biking in Heels: Watching the Pedestrians My theory is that when pedestrians feel that the rules aren’t fair to them, or create unnecessary hardship for them, they ignore the rules and do what is simplest and easiest for them. By making things clear and easy for pedestrians, Cambridge …