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 …
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 …
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 …
The federal government is considering improvements and changes to train service along the Northeast Corridor rail line that could end up bypassing Providence in favor of Worcester.
The state needs to start the Rhode Island instate train as soon as possible. Infill RIPTA buses should be looked at as a temporary solution.
Is liberalism to blame for RI’s woes, smart pedestrian crossings, and more in today’s News & Notes.
The Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program is pondering such questions as it compiles a state rail plan for the next 20 years, to be finalized sometime this year.
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.
Great image of the ‘Erect Bridge’ featured on Google Maps.
According to Congress for New Urbanism President John Norquist, the Salt Lake City area has the fastest growing rail system in America. And as Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt pointed out last month, “It’s the only city in the country building light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars and commuter rail at the same time.”
Federal Railroad Administration is running a planning program of future needs along the Northeast Corridor rail system and encourages public input: Welcome to NEC FUTURE, a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), launched by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in February 2012. FRA’s work will include new ideas and approaches to …
At DOT, we know that America’s transportation infrastructure is in need of attention, while construction workers across the country remain eager to get back on the job repairing, replacing, and modernizing our roads, rails, and runways. Over the last decade, Congress has set aside $473 million in transportation funds that were never spent. These idle earmarks have sat on the …
Floating park, free buses, bike whispering, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Irene ravages New York’s transit system, Blackstone Valley rail, and more in today’s News & Notes.
An interview with Ray LaHood, Federal Complete Streets, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Amtrak’s vision for the northeast, Chafee says we must stop borrowing to pay for infrastructure, there are now more cars than people in the land of Thoreau, and more in today’s News & Notes.
This video has been all over the interwebs today, so it should be here too. Two characters from the Mad Men series discuss the idea of advertising high speed trains (in 1965).
Sidewalk rage may be good for a civil society, how not to develop the area around a transit station, automobile poverty, and more in today’s News & Notes.
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