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Rhode Island Transit Future: A Strategy for Economic Growth, the Green Way

In RIPTA, Transportation by Roger Leaf15 Comments

A hybrid approach to public transit would enable RIPTA to combine the flexibility and low initial cost of bus service with the efficiency, service levels and capacity of light rail. A light rail “transit backbone” would enable RIPTA to shorten up to two thirds of its current bus routes, reroute them into a more ordered and efficient network, and improve intermodal connections.

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Rhode Island Transit Future: Ideas – Urban Core Light Rail — PRO-TRAM

In Transportation by Peter Brassard10 Comments

Max light rail, bus, and streetcar operating in the street in Portland, Oregon. Photo (cc) Kevin Zolkiewicz RIPTA’s bus hub proposal and bus rerouting for Downtown Providence will produce headways (the time between arrivals) of two to six minutes. Headways for the streetcar are proposed to be ten minutes and the streetcar path would mostly duplicate RIPTA’s proposed Downtown bus …

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News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

MAX train and bus in Portland, OR. Photo (cc) TriMet. The Atlantic Cities: Can Light Rail Carry a City’s Transit System? We often think of light rail as a single component of a larger transit system, but if it’s done right it can just as soon serve as the foundation. Since 1981 a dozen American cities have built light rail …

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In News & Notes by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Investment in Transportation Changes is Tough Hill to Climb [Coalition for Transportation Choices] Charlotte does light rail right [Grist] Can infrastructure-led growth save the economy? [Salon] Mixed-Use Downtown Development Puts Standard Malls’ Tax Yield to Shame [Citiwire] A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old [New York Times]