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Rhode Island Transit Future: Ideas – Urban Core Light Rail — PRO-TRAM

In Transportation by Peter Brassard10 Comments

Max light rail, bus, and streetcar operating in the street in Portland, Oregon. Photo (cc) Kevin Zolkiewicz RIPTA’s bus hub proposal and bus rerouting for Downtown Providence will produce headways (the time between arrivals) of two to six minutes. Headways for the streetcar are proposed to be ten minutes and the streetcar path would mostly duplicate RIPTA’s proposed Downtown bus …

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News & Notes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

Grist: States promise to sell one new EV for every 24 people by 2025 They’re starting to step up. Eight states that represent, according to the New York Times, “a quarter of the national car market” just announced they’re going to work together on creating a better system for drivers of electric vehicles. They are, in descending order of population …

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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 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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Reports: Apponaug wins TIGER grant, streetcar seemingly, no.

In Government, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

Warwick wins $10m US TIGER grant for Apponaug road project, beating out PVD streetcar. Background here: — Patrick Anderson (@andersonpbn) September 5, 2013 RI delegation says Warwick has won $10M US TIGER grant for Apponaug project: Presumably Prov didn't get streetcar $. — Ted Nesi (@tednesi) September 5, 2013 Previously: 10 reasons why the Apponaug Circulator is ‘not …

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10 reasons why the Apponaug Circulator is ‘not ready to go’

In Government by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

The Providence streetcar project is not the only TIGER grant application coming from Rhode Island. RIDOT has also submitted an application for the Apponaug Circulator Long-term Improvements Project . The Mayor has thrown his support behind the streetcar however the Governor (former Mayor of Warwick) is not on board, saying through a spokesperson to WPRI that the streetcar project is, …

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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.