News & Notes

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Ted Nesi covers Central Falls, moving from a consumption to a production economy, making use of our alleyways, and more in today’s News & Notes.

Night Shift

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Just as I was getting annoyed again that work had stalled here again, a night crew is at work busily removing the brick pavers from Dean Street at Atwells. It’s a little loud, but I’m glad work’s happening.

RIPTA to unveil new hybrid buses and trolley buses on October 4th

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A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Kennedy Plaza on Monday, October 4th at 11am to intriduce RIPTA’s new hybrid buses and hybrid trolley buses. The new hybrid diesel Gillig buses and trolleys are powered by clean diesel hybrid electrical propulsion systems that reduce emissions, save fuel and are smoother and quieter than conventional buses. This not only reduces …

Dean Street, finally, maybe

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The cynic in me has to wonder if the fact that this project started a year ago, has been stagnant all summer, and just got back into gear this week, has anything to do with when the Primary Elections happened. Literally, all summer we’ve had half done sidewalks, lights that are up but not working, and pothole nation at the …

RIPTA Kennedy Plaza Info Kiosks RFP

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Image from Greater Kennedy Plaza From Greater Kennedy Plaza: The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has pledged the use of federal stimulus funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to design, construct, and install information kiosks on the perimeter of Burnside Park and the corner of Exchange Terrace and Kennedy Plaza by RIPTA’s bus stop Q that …

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President proposes new jobs, renewed infrastructure It doesn’t do anybody any good when so many hardworking Americans have been idled, yet so much of America needs rebuilding. That’s why I am announcing a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America’s roads and rails and runways for the long term. Over the next six years we are going to rebuild 150,000 …

News & Notes

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Wind farm challenged in R.I. Supreme Court Three entities have asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court to overturn the approval of the Block Island wind farm contract. Attorney General Patrick Lynch, the Conservation Law Foundation and large industrial concerns Toray Plastics and Polytop Corp. argue that the state Public Utilities Commission approval of the Power Purchase Agreement reached between Deepwater …

Sidewalk work

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Photo by Jef Nickerson Sidewalk work has been taking place the last few weeks up and down Atwells Avenue. Replacing loose/missing bricks and laying stamped concrete at parking lot ramps. The city got stimulus money for sidewalk repairs, are repairs taking place in your neighborhood?

John attends a White Sox game

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America 2050: Sometime in the not too distant future, John wakes up in suburban Chicago on a Saturday morning and heads to a White Sox game…in Detroit. Join him on a 300 mile journey to Detroit’s Comerica Park as he experiences the transportation options of the future: a neighborhood electric car share program, smart phone ticketing, high-speed rail, and connecting …


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Photo (cc) Daniel Case RIDOT is getting $1.2 million from the stimulus to study a third track at Kingston Station. The third track would provide a siding, allowing MBTA commuter rail trains to serve the station while highspeed Acela trains are able to move through without stopping. R.I. gets $1.2M for Kingston MBTA stop [PBN] Update: $1.2M to explore third …

Maddow, Rep. Defazio (D-OR) discuss infrastructure jobs

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Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rep. Defazio joins Rachel at about the 4:40 mark in the video above. Defazio points to stimulus spending on infrastructure is producing the most jobs and urges that more stimulus go to infrastructure to attack our infrastructure crisis and create jobs. Related is the Paul Krugman New York …

Dean Street update

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I posted about the work on the sidewalks on Dean Street last month. I had intended to head over to Planning to take a look at the plans for the street rebuild, but never got around to it. However, as work has progressed, one of my primary questions has been answered. The intersection of Federal and Dean is being improved: …

Kennedy Plaza repaving underway

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The Kennedy Plaza repaving project is underway and set to run through Thanksgiving. As a result of the project, all buses are moved out of the busways and relocated to various areas around the plaza area. If you regularly travel by bus or need to make a transfer in the Plaza, check the graphic to see where your bus is …