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Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) Community Update – March 5, 2018

In RIPTA by Greater City Providence5 Comments

The DTC will run from Rhode Island Hospital to the Providence Train Station and will include enhanced bus shelters with attractive passenger amenities such as seating and digital displays showing real time bus arrival data and other information. These new shelters will complement the City’s broader long-term vision for this area and its plan to convert Washington Street into a two-way, bus-only, transit way. The DTC stop at the Providence Train Station will be integrated into the State’s proposal to construct a new intermodal center there in order to better connect MBTA/Amtrak trains with local transit services.

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CommonWealth: Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Providence Station Adam Moss Ari Ofsevit and James Aloisi write an open letter to Gov. Raimondo in CommonWealth Magazine in response to her call for express commuter rail service between Providence and Boston. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully suggest low-cost, common-sense improvements that would benefit everyone. At our non-profit TransitMatters, we’ve been doing …

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PBN: The state’s 2012 bet on commuter-rail service has yet to pay off. Is it time to privatize?

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Wickford Junction Station, image from RIDOT. “We started a few months ago, doing a deep dive looking into what the MBTA can do, what it can’t do and why,” [RIDOT Director Peter] Alviti said. “Peak periods [are] quite a challenge for them to be able to give us more frequency during rush hours.” The constriction relates to the design of …

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R.I. economy needs investment in modern and efficient transportation infrastructure

In Transportation by Liam Blank23 Comments

Train Station at T.F. Green Airport, photo from RIDOT Last week, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that, from July through the end of the year, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service will be free for people traveling within the state. The intention of the pilot program is to attract new riders who, in theory, will then …

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Intermodal Center on Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Agenda – July 11, 2017

In Transportation by Greater City Providence2 Comments

[box]Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Special Meeting Notice Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – 8am Doorley Municipal Building 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903[/box] Agenda Roll Call Waterplace Park Proposal to erect a storage facility adjacent to the existing pavilion. Providence Intermodal Transportation Center Proposal for a new transportation facility in Capital Center. For …

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Both RIPTA and MBTA will serve Wickford Junction Station starting December 7, 2015

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence3 Comments

RIDOT and RIPTA today announced the expansion of bus service to the Wickford Junction Transit Center in North Kingstown. Effective Monday, December 7, 2015, this move will provide one-stop consolidated transit services, including rail, bus, and carpooling for commuting and easy access to shopping, sports, and other entertainment activities in Providence and Boston.