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In Seattle, Amazon plans to buy a streetcar and fund shorter headways

In Like/Dislike, Other Cities, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Seattle Streetcar, image ericnvntr The Seattle Transit Blog reports that Amazon.com, which is building a shiny new headquarters complex in Downtown Seattle, plans to buy that city a new streetcar vehicle for service on an existing line and provide funding for shorter headway service. The overall proposal includes $5.5 million of support for the Seattle Streetcar. This funding will allow …

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence2 Comments

Chicago workers mandated to use transit, the Highline Park and more in today’s News & Notes.

News & Notes

In News & Notes by Greater City Providence1 Comment

An interview with Ray LaHood, Federal Complete Streets, and more in today’s News & Notes.

News & Notes

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Apartments, stores planned on Loyola Avenue near Superdome [The Times-Picayune] Spurred by the future Loyola Avenue streetcar line, a local development firm plans to transform a sea of downtown [New Orleans] parking lots into 450 apartments and 125,000 square feet of shops and restaurants that it calls the South Market District. Jewelry District, this is your fuiture. In Quest for …

Core Connector Study Meeting, Dec. 9

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Greater City Providence12 Comments

Providence Core Connector Study December Public Forum Three potential route options are now being reviewed to identify relative strengths, weaknesses, costs and benefits. The results will be presented at an upcoming public forum: Thursday, December 9th Providence Central Library 150 Empire Street, 3rd floor Providence, RI 5pm to 7pm Interactive Map of three potential routes. Project Overview [.pdf]

Sometimes, you need a map

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson42 Comments

Map by Jef Nickerson Update 02/25: RIPTA has seen this post and read the comments. They are working on a map/better info system for the bottom of the bus tunnel. The other night I was standing at the bottom of the bus tunnel waiting for a bus to take me up to Wayland Square. Problem is, though I live here, …

T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, January Update

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

From RIAC The Intermodal Project is now approximately 65% and on target for a Fall 2010 opening. Escalator installation at the TEI Terminal End Improvements (TEI) Escalators were dropped through the roof of the building and have now been installed in their permanent positions from the first to the fourth level. Elevators at the TEI site being installed work continuing …

I want an ORCA Card

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson21 Comments

Photo (cc) Oran Viriyincy What the hell is an ORCA Card you ask? Only a wicked awesome tranist fare Smart Card. The ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is the Seattle area’s version of Smart Card transit fare technology which is taking root around the world. London has their Oyster card, Hong Kong Octopus, and the Chicago Card are among …

REBOOT: College Hill Transit Sub-Hub

In Metro Transit Study, Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson12 Comments

REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope they generate interest and discussion. One …

Marketing public transit: Los Angeles

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Marketing public transit: Los Angeles LA Metro: Promoting Mass Transit from EMBARQ Network on Vimeo. The City Fix takes a look at Los Angeles’ successful campaign to rebrand and market their transit agency, Metro. Through marketing and branding campaigns, Metro is working to change public opinion of the transit system. And it is working; discretionary ridership (people who have the …

A look at streetcar rail placement

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

Photo from District (of Columbia) Department of Transportation Facebook page As we get serious around here about getting some streetcars running, we should start looking around at what other cities are doing. No concrete plans of exactly how the rails are going to be laid in the streets have been done yet for Providence, the actual routing is not even …

StreetFilms at COP15

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Tens of thousands of people from nearly every nation on earth have descended on Copenhagen this month for the UN climate summit. As the delegates try to piece together a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they’re also absorbing lessons from one of the world’s leading cities in sustainable transportation. In Copenhagen, fully 37 percent of commute trips are made …

T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, December Update

In Transportation by Greater City Providence4 Comments

From RIAC December Intermodal Update The Intermodal project is at 64% complete, on schedule and within budget. Project highlights to date include the completion of the curtain wall spanning the length of the skywalk, installation of escalators at the TEI and the connection of the east and west garages over the train tracks. An aerial view of the project Terminal …