From the City of Providence:
City of Providence Draft Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Submission available for public review
On Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5:30pm, the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development will host a public hearing allowing the general public an opportunity to comment on the municipality’s full Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) submission for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2017 – 2025.
A draft of the City’s full Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) submission for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2017 – 2025 is available for viewing at the front desk of the Department of Planning and Development at 444 Westminster Street, 3rd floor, or online.[box type=”download”]Providence Draft TIP [/alert]
The municipality’s TIP submission is a list of transportation projects that are intended to be considered by the State of Rhode Island for implementation using United States Department of Transportation funds. For a transportation project to utilize federal funds it must be included in the TIP. A project’s inclusion in the TIP is a critical step, but it does not represent an allocation of funds, obligation to fund, or grant of funds. Additional information on the TIP process can be found here.
[alert type=”muted”]Agenda for January 4th hearing
January 4, 2016 – 5:30 PM
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor Meeting Room
Providence, RI 02903[/alert]
- Overview of the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) process
- Overview of the City of Providence’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) submission for FFY 2017-2025
- Public comment regarding the City of Providence’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) submission for FFY 2017-2025
Skimming the draft submission the city of Providence included about 147 projects, of which about 48 were “high priority.”
While many were about street repaving and bridge repair, I think noteworthy is that the Providence streetcar is abandoned. Instead they propose, paid for partially with their streetcar TIGER grant, a downtown bus circulator on much the same route. They also ask the TIP to include a 6/10 boulevard study and a bus hub at the train station, and ask for a bus lane on North Main St, pedestrian crossing improvements on downtown streets (especially Memorial Blvd,) wider sidewalks between the train station and Kennedy Plaza on Exchange St, a Sabin St bike lane, a Delaine St extension to avoid Olneyville Square, Providence River dredging, a pedestrian bridge over Route 6 at Riverside Park, and enhanced bike route development along Kinsley-Promenade to the Olneyville area. I suggest others use the link gcpvd provided to check this out.
Also heartening to see something about bike-ped improvements to the 5 downtown I-95 bridges and adjacent intersections.