In Transportation by Jef Nickerson11 Comments

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 …

Lt. Governor rides the bus

In RIPTA, Transportation by Greater City Providence4 Comments

On her Facebook page this morning, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts lets us know she’s riding the bus. Nice to see transit has an advocate on Smith Hill. Keep riding Elizabeth and work to strengthen our transit system and our economy. [Like]

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 …

Electric Mini-Buses

In Environment, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

The above video highlights a new electric bus developed by Waseda University being tested in Japan. The bus runs 25km (15.5 miles) on one charge, takes 15 minutes to recharge, and the batteries cost approximately $50,000. The bus is estimated to reduce emissions by one third over a conventional bus. In Providence, the Green Line LINK Trolley runs on a …

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 …