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PBN: Would dredging return bustle to riverfront?

In Waterfront by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Preventing the river from filling in with natural sediment requires periodic dredging, something neither the city nor state has been eager to finance in recent years. The federal government declined to tap a pool of funds set aside for dredging projects that maintain cargo shipping channels.

News & Notes

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Elimination of parking enforcement leads to chaos in Welsh town (where’s Torchwood?), mind-bending vehicular homicide case in Georgia, the Clockwork City, and more in today’s News & Notes.

RIPTA Ferry, FINALLY!

In RIPTA, Transportation, Waterfront by Jef Nickerson20 Comments

Barring some other crazy unforeseen circumstance, RIPTA’s Newport-Providence “water taxi” service is a go for tomorrow. The service will feature 5 roundtrips per day between Providence Piers (180 Allens Avenue) and Perrotti Park in Newport. The 50 passenger water taxi is smaller than the ferry used for last year’s service. The water taxi does not have a snack bar or …

You can haz RIPTA Ferry!

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

ProJo reports that we will have ferry service between Newport and Providence this summer after-all. Dubbed the Providence-Newport Water Taxi on RIPTA’s website the service will use a smaller vessel than we’ve become used to. The 46-passenger catamaran will be operated by Ocean State Shipbuilding Inc. of Brooklyn, Connecticut (why Ocean State Shipbuilding is based in the Nutmeg State… I …

You can get there from here?

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Could the Providence-Newport Ferry rise from the dead and return to service this summer? RIPTA is hoping to make it work. As the Journal reports, RIPTA has issued two RFPs. One asks ferry companies to bid for a no-subsidy service. Likely this would be fewer trips and a shorter season than we are used to. The other RFP asks ferry …