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RIPTA recieves two discretionary grants from the Federal Transit Administration

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Transportation Nation reports on discretionary grants awarded by the Federal Transporation Administration today. RIPTA receives two:

Bus Livability • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Providence, $400,000

Providence Train Station Bus Access Project: Improved Bus, Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Key Intermodal Connection in Rhode Island’s Transportation System

In conjunction with the reconstruction of the Providence Train Station, RIPTA will use these funds to extend pedestrian, bus and bicycle access improvements to better connect Kennedy Plaza with the Providence Train Station, which is less than a quarter mile away. Extending pedestrian access between the two stations will leverage additional investments by supporting the efforts underway to improve Kennedy Plaza.

State of Good Repair • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Providence, $820,000

Rhode Island East Side Bus Tunnel Repairs

These funds will provide the first major renovation to the East Side Tunnel in 20 years, ensuring critical access to Providence’s central core for East Providence residents. With the tunnel carrying nearly 6,000 daily passengers, this construction project will improve the safety and reliability of transit service for RIPTA’s riders.

The bus tunnel repairs will also help RIPTA prepare the tunnel for future streetcar service.

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News & Notes

Sidewalk cafe proposed on Boston's Newbury Street → Boston Business Journal: Clover food truck to open Newbury Street sidewalk café

Clover Fast Food Inc., the popular food truck operator with multiple locations in Boston and Cambridge, is coming to Newbury Street.

The company, which features single-cup drip coffee for $2 and a soy BLT for $5 on its menu, is leasing a 275-square-foot sidewalk space from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

A kind of wheel-less food truck if you will. Sort of resembles the proposed café on the Providence River Pedestrian bridge.


→ The New York Times: Use of Public Transit Grew in 2011, Report Indicates

In another indication that more people are getting back to work, Americans took 200 million more rides last year on subways, commuter trains, light-rail systems and public buses than they did the year before, according to a new report by a leading transit association.

Americans took 10.4 billion rides on public transportation in 2011 – a billion more than they took in 2000, and the second most since 1957, according to a report being released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that represents transit systems.


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