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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 …

Free South County Beach Bus service on Governor’s Bay Day, July 29

In Recreation, RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence1 Comment

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County Beaches on Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in celebration of the Governor’s Bay Day. Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) also provides express service from Central Falls, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket to Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler (Sand Hill Cove) …

Wickford Junction Commuter Rail service to start April 23rd

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence11 Comments

RIDOT announced today commuter rail service to the new Wickford Junction Station in North Kingstown will start on April 23rd. The station will be served by 20 trips per weekday to T.F. Green, Providence, and points north. Travel times being 15 minutes to Warwick, 35 minutes to Providence, and under two hours to Boston\’s South Station.

Wickford Junction Station

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Photo (cc) EdKopp4 Update Reports from the Wickford Junction Station groundbreaking state that the FTA announced that they have just authorized the release of nearly $2M in federal funds to RIDOT for preliminary engineering of a proposed MBTA commuter rail stop in Pawtucket. WPRI has all the commuter rail details from the groundbreaking today of the Wickford Junction Station. The …

Film Screening, “Where Do the Children Play?” (03/30)

In Events by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Photo (cc) J. Stephen Conn Documentary and Discussion Ask ‘Where Do the Children Play?’ KINGSTON, RI – A provocative documentary film, “Where Do the Children Play?,” will be shown at a free public screening on Tuesday, March 30 from 7:00-9:00pm at the University of Rhode Island’s new Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881). The film …