Planning & Development

RIDOT Proposes Streetcar System in Providence

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by Josh Wood Tuesday March 31, 2009

In its list of projects spurred by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Rhode Island Department of Transportation has officially announced long-term plans for a robust streetcar system in the city of Providence. Above is the eventual system map that was included on page 11 of the project list, which is expected to be developed in phases over the next 25 years. The initial phase is the proposed Green Line, slated to open in 2015. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the agency has shelved all plans for new roads and bridges, and has put the existing network into a strict maintenance-only program.

“These funds will further our ongoing efforts to improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure and support a strong economic development foundation,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri. “Not only will this enhance our state’s transportation system, but it will also put Rhode Islanders back to work.”

[where: Providence, RI 02903]

[where: 02910]


  1. An April Fool’s dream…but wouldn’t it be lovely.
    And think of all the cool street car art that would evolve.

    — marie · Apr 1, 07:00 AM · #

  2. I want a shirt. Possibly of the orange line, Smith Hill, my stop.

    — astrid · Apr 1, 09:15 AM · #

  3. I believe the positions of Mt. Hope and Rochambeau should be switched.

    Frymaster · Apr 17, 07:12 AM · #

  4. How will this Street Car System, compare with the Greater City Providence’s Light Rail System that may include Fall River?
    Will The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) operate the proposed Street Car Service?

    — Jeffrey · Sep 30, 11:37 AM · #

  5. In addition, the Greater Attleboro & Taunton
    Regional Transit Authority (GARTA) should look into having a feeder bus connection with the “RIDOT Proposes Streetcar System’s South Attleboro Stop.”

    — Jeffrey · Oct 12, 09:44 AM · #

  6. Hey Jeffrey,

    Most of this is just pie-eyed fantasy – without any true substance.

    To get a better sense of what’s happening in public transportation planning in the PVD metro area, check out Transit 2020:

    Josh · Oct 14, 07:16 AM · #

  7. Dear,Hearing Meet RiDOT The 1897 Since:1897-1940 Please >>> We Have MUST Come Back Best DowntownCity Real Historic Still Electric – Save StreetCar Keep on the RoadLine of the Future Open 2020 Vote war…RIDot Planning William
    Pedro Monteiro/Deaf Oct 14/2011

    — Willam Pedro Monteiro · Oct 14, 03:22 PM · #


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