Groundhog Day in August. A public demonstration against cuts to Rhode Island Public Transit Authority service was held today in Kennedy Plaza. It’s sad that cuts are looming. The RIPTA Board and your local reps need to hear from you.
The image is a detail from ‘Providence Subway Map’ by Transit Authority Figures. Rob Stewart, the authority behind the Authority, is seeking feedback on this latest design from his series of improbable transit maps. I like that Fort Thunder and Lovecraft get their own stops. In reality, all lines seem to end at a station called Budget Shortfall.
There was an Ordinance Committee meeting preceded by an Finance Committee meeting at Cranston City Hall last night. I know, why the hell would anyone go to that double-header? The masochists turned out in droves.more
This video makes a compelling case for the introduction of true high-speed rail to the Northeast Corridor. The Corridor’s $3 trillion economy, which is 20% of the nation’s total, is relying on infrastructure that’s hundreds of years old.more
The commuter rail station at T.F. Green airport in Warwick is set to open on October 27. The building, called the InterLink, includes a parking garage, car rental facilities, a RIPTA bus stop and moving walkways that connect the station to the airport terminal. The tentative schedule calls for 3 commuter trains from Warwick in the morning, and 3 return trains. The details of the schedule are being finalized by RIDOT and the MBTA.more
RIDOT will shut down the Pontiac Bridge on Monday. Yes, there actually is a bridge somewhere on Pontiac Avenue.more
Comp Planicide Amazing. After the years of work and workshops put into the city’s first true comprehensive plan by the Planning Department, the City Council has already changed it. Ward 2 Councilman Emilio Navarro amended the plan so that 75 acres owned by Albert Scaralia along Pippin Orchard Road could allow... more