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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 …

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

In Transportation by Liam Blank23 Comments

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 …

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Rhode Island Transit Future: A Strategy for Economic Growth, the Green Way

In RIPTA, Transportation by Roger Leaf15 Comments

A hybrid approach to public transit would enable RIPTA to combine the flexibility and low initial cost of bus service with the efficiency, service levels and capacity of light rail. A light rail “transit backbone” would enable RIPTA to shorten up to two thirds of its current bus routes, reroute them into a more ordered and efficient network, and improve intermodal connections.

Ride on the Interlink

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Yesterday I decided to return my rental car early to the airport, rather than today to Dorrance Street (glad I did). So after dropping off the car, I took a ride on the Interlink: The rental car area is like an airport check in. It looks quite nice actually. I actually walked most of the way, but some people took …

For realz this time. Commuter rail to T.F. Green Dec. 6

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

Photo (cc) Mr. Ducke It is not a trick, RIDOT issued a press release and everything. Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts on December 6th. Trains will depart from T.F. Green, inbound to Providence/South Station, at the following times: 6:13 a.m.; 6:52 a.m.; 7:15 a.m. – To Providence and South Station 6:27 p.m.; 7:36 p.m.; 7:51 p.m. – To …

…It says it does, but it really doesn’t

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Photo (cc) Eric Kilby So, I’ve been hearing from all around town that MBTA service to T.F. Green starts on Monday. There is even a schedule [.pdf] posted on the MBTA website. So I posted about it. Then PBN posted about it. Then I got an email from Ted Nesi. Ted tells me that the Governor’s spokeperson said, “no.” Service …

Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts…

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Image from RIDOT No train service Monday, it was all in our imagination, and in a .pdf schedule released by the T. See all the details on the drama here. It is not the perfect schedule by far, but it is a start. Trains will begin running to the new station at T.F. Green on Monday. Weekday only service is …

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News & Notes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

SFGate: Footbridge an elegant new icon in East Bay The 600-foot-long arc not only eases the way for pedestrians and bicyclists, it also sends a message naysayers choose to ignore: our society should aim to produce civic works on par with cherished landmarks from the New Deal or the Carnegie libraries of the generation before that. This larger cultural role …

InterLink to open October 27th

In Transportation by Greater City Providence1 Comment

Click Image to Enlarge (September 20, 2010) – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is pleased to announce Wednesday, October 27, 2010 as the opening day of the InterLink, the region’s new transportation hub. At this time, rental car companies will be fully operational in the garage. The customer service building will also be open along with the Skywalk connecting …