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.”
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