Streetcars: The train station is out, but that’s OK

In Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson30 Comments

The latest Core Connector (Streetcar) study document can be found here. [.pdf] The main question that has been at issue with the Core Connector alignment is how to serve both the train station and College Hill at the northern end while maintain frequent service between those points and the Hospital District at the southern. If northbound trains split with every …

RIPTA Trolley service to the Zoo starts tomorrow

In Parks/Open Space, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

RIPTA’s Gold Line Trolley, now Route 6, starts providing direct service to Roger Williams Park Zoo starting tomorrow. Trolleys depart Kennedy Plaza approximately every half hour 7 days a week with runs to the Zoo starting at 8:30am. The last return Trolley from the Zoo is 4:16pm weekdays and 4:28pm on the weekends. A full service schedule is available here …

Report from the Field; New RIPTA trolley

In Reader Submissions, Transportation by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

Photo by Jim Beller A reader reports that they were greeted at the bus stop this morning by one of RIPTA’s new hybrid trolleys, pictured above. He reports that the ride was much smoother than the maddening bumps of the old trolleys. The driver also reported that they were much better to drive. Our reader also took note that the …

RFP for new trolley shelter at Roger Williams Park Zoo

In Arts, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Photo of new baby giraffe at Roger Williams Park Zoo from the Zoo’s Facebook page. RIPTA and the Roger Williams Park Zoo have teamed up to release an RFP for a new trolley shelter at the Zoo: Roger Williams Park Zoo is partnering with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to create a unique and original bus shelter design to …