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Barry Schiller: State Rail Plan hearings, January 23, 2014

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Here is a chance to give your opinion on any railroad related issue in Rhode Island. In response to Federal incentives, RI is developing a State Rail Plan for both passenger and freight services. A draft is available on-line at Planning.ri.gov. There will be public hearings on this draft on Thursday, January 23 at 10am and 6:30pm at the Department of Administration Building in Providence.

Barry Schiller: Providence Planning Hosts Meeting on Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Circulation

In Downcity, Parks/Open Space, Pedestrians, Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Transportation by Guest Post2 Comments

Overall: good ideas on the parts of the project about 2-way streets and pedestrian and bike improvements around downtown, but on Kennedy Plaza, a net loss for bus riders, but not as much as once feared. The project: extend 2-way on Empire, 2-way on Dorrance in front of the Biltmore, and on Exchange Terrace on north side of Burnside Park; …

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Aaron M. Renn: For Commuter Rail, Better Service to Boston, Not Southward Expansion

In Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Reader Submissions, Transportation by Aaron Renn53 Comments

MBTA Commuter Rail passing under Providence Place. Photo (cc) Sean_Marshall. Rhode Island recently spent a large sum of money to extend MBTA commuter rail service south to TF Green Airport and Wickford Junction. Both of them feature large parking garages (although the TF Green Interlink facility is for more than rail transit) that are not typical of suburban train stations …

Barry Schiller: On the Draft New 4-Year TIP – Public Hearing April 26

In Metro Transit Study, Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Roads, Transportation by Guest Post9 Comments

Underneath the Providence Viaduct. Photo © RIDOT Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999. The draft 2013-2016 RI Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a plan to spend about $1.1 billion, has been released by Statewide Planning. In …