Recent traffic violence

walkinpvd-iconThere has been an alarming number of crashes involving pedestrians in the last few weeks:

WPRI: Pedestrian hit by vehicle near Taunton Green (March 1st)

A Taunton man is recovering after he was hit by a vehicle in the city Thursday afternoon.

Police said the man was struck around 12:15 p.m. while crossing the road near the Taunton Green.

Patrolman David DeOliveira happened to be in the area and was able to quickly respond and render first aid to the pedestrian, identified as Kristian Belcher.


WPRI: Dartmouth police investigating fatal hit-and-run accident (March 4th)

Dartmouth police are searching for a driver in a deadly hit-and-run accident.

Stasha Lynn Faria, 33, of Westport, was struck and killed near 653 State Road on Saturday night around 7 p.m.

Eyewitness News spoke with family members of the victim, who said she was optimistic, artistic, and a wonderful mother. Now they are hoping the driver turns themselves into police.

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

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 realize the convenience of the rail line and continue to utilize it in the future. However, unless you are commuting to and from Boston, commuter rail service in Rhode Island is not very useful. Despite offering three MBTA stations in the state, service proves to be infrequent and unreliable. Lack of coordinated policy in solving transportation problems is a major cause. Large expenditures for highways and extending MBTA service to South County, albeit solving some traffic problems, have failed to eliminate growing traffic congestion throughout the Providence metropolitan area. If some action is not taken, rising immobility may erode the basic economic fiber of the state.

To become more economically independent from Boston and promote more local sustainable development, Rhode Island must develop a stronger public transit system. For example, looking to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor connecting Providence with Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C., it is one of the region’s most important transportation arteries. Yet, most Rhode Islanders associate the route only with long-distance commuting, which is an unfortunate association falling far short of its full potential.

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2016 Providence 4th of July Celebration

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Mayor Elorza Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Family programming, bike parade, live music and fireworks display highlight Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park on July 4

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Monday, July 4th beginning at 4:30pm. This expanded event will feature family friendly activities, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

“The City’s Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season here in Providence,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents from all of our neighborhoods at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display.”

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Rhode Island Assembly, Speeds Approval for Parking Garage, No Money for Commuter Rail Station

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Location of proposed Garrahy Parking Garage

In wee-hours of Saturday morning, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill to speed the construction of a parking garage in Providence, but failed to provide funding for a proposed commuter rail station in Pawtucket / Central Falls.


The Providence Journal: R.I. House passes bill to speed garage project by Providence courthouse

A bill speeding construction of a $45 million parking garage next to the Garrahy Judicial Complex downtown passed the House Friday night and is one step from clearing the General Assembly.

Requested by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission to advance a planned life sciences development, the bill would eliminate a requirement that the commission reach agreements to sell three parcels of the property it controls on the former interstate highway land before the garage would be built.

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Instead of requiring three purchase-and-sales agreements on the I-195 land before the garage could be built, the bill would require Wexford/CV to lease at least 400 parking spaces.

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