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Providence Announces Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson29 Comments

RIPTA, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, Mayor Elorza, Governor Raimondo, and the State’s Congressional Delegation today announced an enhanced transit corridor through the capital city’s downtown. The corridor will feature RIPTA buses running on a 1.4 mile route between Providence Station and the Hospitals with 4-5 minute headways.

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WPRI: Providence’s streetcar plan hits snag as feds reject $39M proposal

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Jef Nickerson, founder and editor of the urban planning and development blog Greater City Providence, told WPRI.com that it is “disappointing that Rhode Island prioritizes funding for automobile infrastructure but continues to fail in funding for mass transit services in the state’s urban core.” Nickerson cited the General Assembly’s inability to pass legislation that would provide a reliable source of …

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Providence streetcar back on track

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson22 Comments

In late 2009 then Mayor David Cicilline unveiled the Metro Transit Study, calling for the return of streetcars to Providence. In the intervening years, the Core Connector study has looked at the possibilities for doing just that, through studies and public meetings. A locally preferred alternative route connecting the East Side with the Hospitals area in Upper South Providence has been approved by RIPTA.

Core Connector Study public Open Houses in November

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RIPTA & the City of Providence Will Hold Three Open Houses to Hear Feedback on Proposed Streetcar Route RIPTA and the City of Providence are nearing completion of the Providence Core Connector Study, a year-long effort to evaluate the costs and benefits of a potential new transit route through Downtown, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. The project aims to …

Streetcars: The train station is out, but that’s OK

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson30 Comments

The latest Core Connector (Streetcar) study document can be found here. [.pdf] The main question that has been at issue with the Core Connector alignment is how to serve both the train station and College Hill at the northern end while maintain frequent service between those points and the Hospital District at the southern. If northbound trains split with every …

Providence Core Connector Study Survey

In Events, Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence1 Comment

The Providence Core Connector Study is seeking input from those who live, work, visit, or go to school in downtown Providence, College Hill, and Upper South Providence. A brief survey is available through May 13th. If you have a moment, please take a few minutes to complete this survey about your travel patterns and current and potential transit usage. The …

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – December 13, 2010

In Downcity, Government, Metro Transit Study, RIPTA by Greater City Providence1 Comment

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, December 13, 2010 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Conference Room 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 13, 2010 and October 18, 2010 Acceptance of the DRC 2011 Monthly Meeting Schedule New Business 1. DRC Application No. 10.19, …

Core Connector Study Meeting, Dec. 9

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Greater City Providence12 Comments

Providence Core Connector Study December Public Forum Three potential route options are now being reviewed to identify relative strengths, weaknesses, costs and benefits. The results will be presented at an upcoming public forum: Thursday, December 9th Providence Central Library 150 Empire Street, 3rd floor Providence, RI 5pm to 7pm Interactive Map of three potential routes. Project Overview [.pdf]

Peter Brassard: RIPTA presents its Vision for the Future of Transit in Rhode Island

In Reader Submissions, RIPTA, Transportation by Peter Brassard3 Comments

Greater City: Providence reader Peter Brassard attended RIPTA’s 5-year plan community meeting yesterday. Here are is what he learned. The Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) and the Transit 2020 Action Committee hosted Tuesday’s Community Briefing for RIPTA’s 5-year Strategic Plan at URI’s Janice Paff Auditorium in Providence. Mark Therrien, RIPTA Assistant General Manager explained that RIPTA’s philosophy has made a …

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Peter Brassard: The Core Connector system should connect more than just Downtown

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This post was submitted Greater City: Providence reader Peter Brassard. If you’ve written something you’d like us to consider posting, please contact us and let us know. Providence’s Core Connector transit system should be based on its ability to interconnect the city’s Occupation Districts and cultural venues, not just to Downtown and parts of the East Side and South Providence. …

CHNA Core Connector Study Meeting (Nov. 15)

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Rendering by Ron Henderson / L+A Landscape Architecture | Click image to enlarge The College Hill Neighborhood Association is having a meeting on the Core Connector (aka Streetcar) Study, see below: To all Neighborhood Associations, Community Groups and Providence Residents: We invite you to the next… CORE CONNECTOR STUDY MEETING Providence Core Connector Study Meeting Monday, November 15th 6:30 – …