January Evolution Forum: Transit in a Sustainable Rhode Island (01/28)

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Photo by Jef Nickerson When: Thursday, January 28, 2010 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: 17 Gordon Avenue, Providence, RI 02905 Cost: Admission for Apeiron members and students with valid ID is free. Admission for others is $10. Please join us for Apeiron’s next Evolution Forum! This month we will highlight Transit in a Sustainable Rhode Island. Panelists include Catherine Lutz, …

Obama Administration to shift transportation policy to highlight livability

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Mattapan trolley photo (cc) SignalPAD USDOT Press Release: Obama Administration Proposes Major Public Transportation Policy Shift to Highlight Livability Changes Include Economic Development and Environmental Benefits In a dramatic change from existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today proposed that new funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues such as economic development opportunities and environmental …

Video: Winter biking in Copenhagen

In Roads, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Copenhagen January Cycling – Your Country from Copenhagenize on Vimeo. Copenhagenize posts a video of cyclists in the cold and snow in Copenhagen this month. Note the bikeway snowplows in the video. Worth mentioning – because I’ve been asked the question a few times of late – that we don’t used studded tires or any other gadgest or gizmos or …

Reader Submission: Thayer Street Station Rendering

In Metro Transit Study, Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Rendering by Ron Henderson / L+A Landscape Architecture | Click image to enlarge Reader, Peter Brassard submitted The above rendering of a possible streetcar/bus station at the top of the tunnel on Thayer Street is from the Metro Transit Study. Read more thoughts about a future College Hill Sub-Hub here and here. CORRECTION: Peter did not draw this rendering, he …

City Administrative Center

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

ProJo reports on plans by the city to consolidate Municipal offices into one City Administrative Center. The city currently has some agencies spread out in leased space across the city. This causes confusion for residents seeking services and forces city employees to wander all over town to attend inter-departmental meetings. The city is seeking between 50,000 and 80,000 square feet …

Well, it doesn’t say sidewalk maintenance

In Snow by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Walking up Eddy Street this afternoon… No, wait, it gets better. See that red sign… So D. Heywood is using the pile of snow they pushed onto the sidewalk to advertise their parking lot services? Is someone trying to make my brain esplode? Am I being punk’d? The good news is, this parking lot is a medical building, so when …

PBS in February: “Beyond The Motor City”

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Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. The film debuts nationally on PBS on February 8 at 10 pm (check local listings). Detroit is the crucible in which the nation’s ability to move toward a modern 21st …

REBOOT: College Hill Transit Sub-Hub Part 2

In Metro Transit Study, Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Tunnel portal at Thayer Street. Photo by Jef Nickerson. 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 …

Free holiday parking FAIL

In Downcity, Transportation by Greater City Providence4 Comments

This report from Channel 10 is from before Christmas, but it is worth taking a look at. What do you think the city’s holiday parking policy should be, should there even be a holiday parking policy?

Building Brown

In Colleges/Universities, Metro Transit Study, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

ProJo takes a look at Brown’s scaled back development plans for Providence. Let’s take a closer look at the actual projects. Creative Arts Center Rendering view from Olive Street, from Building Brown Officially known as the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, the arts center is being built between the Brown Office Building and the Brown Walk …

A Christmas Miracle!

In RIPTA, Snow by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Walking Downcity today to pick up the rental car I found a Christmas Miracle. CLEAR SIDEWALKS(-ish)! That is Garibaldi Park at the Arch on Atwells and that is a clear sidewalk. When I was ranting on Tuesday, this was not clear. So sometime between Tuesday afternoon and this morning, it was cleared. Hallelujah! Can I get an Amen!? Now for …

About that changed bus stop ad…

In RIPTA, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

In my rant I pointed out that the ad in the bus shelter on Atwells at the arch had changed from Sunday to today. Sunday: Today: Different ad. Back in January, Bret asked RIPTA who is responsible for snow removal from the shelters. The answer: Lamar Advertising owns and maintains THEIR bus shelters which are clearly marked with their name …

“Where’s the sidewalk rant?” You ask.

In Roads, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson16 Comments

Here it is! First of all, I’ll say that sidewalks on Atwells are better this year than in previous years. Saying that however is not saying very much. For example, I had to help push a woman in an electric wheelchair out of the snow and back on to the sidewalk. I don’t know where she was heading or if …

This & That

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Hot, Hot, Hot I went to the mall today and walked across the skybridge. It was easily 110° in there. I forget, is the skybridge at all climate controlled? It was so hot I was halfway across and started to wonder if I’d make it to the other side. It was so hot that I did not use it on …

Better Renderings of proposed New Pawtucket River Bridge

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson22 Comments

Earlier in the month I posted about the release of designs for the proposed New Pawtucket River Bridge on Route 95. At the time I was only able to track down the teeny tiny little image posted with the PBN article on it. Well, while looking on the RIDOT site for something else, I came across a page with better …

You can get there from here?

In RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Could the Providence-Newport Ferry rise from the dead and return to service this summer? RIPTA is hoping to make it work. As the Journal reports, RIPTA has issued two RFPs. One asks ferry companies to bid for a no-subsidy service. Likely this would be fewer trips and a shorter season than we are used to. The other RFP asks ferry …