transportation http://ripr.org en Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer http://ripr.org/post/kennedy-plaza-bus-stops-relocated-summer <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is relocating bus stops in Kennedy Plaza to nearby locations while the plaza is being renovated. With many buses traveling in and out, Kennedy Plaza is currently the hub of bus transportation in the city.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The City of Providence plans to build a large civic space in the plaza and increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways. The relocations will go into effect on Saturday, July 12th and will last until the work is completed in the fall.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:30:15 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 36404 at http://ripr.org Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer Three Confirmed Dead Following Train, Vehicle Collision http://ripr.org/post/three-confirmed-dead-following-train-vehicle-collision <p>Authorities have confirmed that three people have died as a result of a train collision with a vehicle in Massachusetts.&nbsp; There were reports earlier of two dead.</p><p></p><p>Authorities say two men and one woman were killed after a train struck their vehicle late Sunday night.</p><p>The Amtrak train was heading north from Washington D.C. when it hit the vehicle in Mansfield; a town about twenty miles between Providence and Boston. Authorities are still investigating what exactly caused the accident.&nbsp; Craig Schultz, is a spokesman with Amtrak.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:59:34 +0000 John Bender & AP 35622 at http://ripr.org Three Confirmed Dead Following Train, Vehicle Collision State Joins Others In Pledge To Get Zero-Emission Cars On The Roads http://ripr.org/post/state-joins-others-pledge-get-zero-emission-cars-roads <p>Rhode Island and seven other states have released their action plan for their collective pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. It's an effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector.</p><p></p><p>Energy Commissioner Marion Gold of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says this commitment is in line with the state's goal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. She says the state's energy plan, and the governor's executive council on climate change underscore the goal's importance.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:29:34 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 34411 at http://ripr.org State Joins Others In Pledge To Get Zero-Emission Cars On The Roads RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster http://ripr.org/post/ripta-s-most-popular-lines-will-move-faster <p>RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.</p><p></p><p>RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 32754 at http://ripr.org RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster Another App-based Transport Service - Lyft - Coming to RI Later This Week http://ripr.org/post/another-app-based-transport-service-lyft-coming-ri-later-week <p>In a sign of the growing battle between app-based transportation services, <a href="https://www.lyft.me/">Lyft </a>-- which lets consumers decide how much they want to pay for a ride -- is launching in the Providence market on Friday.</p><p>While Lyft bears a few strong similarities to <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>,<a href="http://ripr.org/post/demand-car-service-uber-ready-disrupt-providence"> which came to Providence last September</a>, Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen says the company emphasizes an "in-person experience" and is about "building a community."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:14:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 30651 at http://ripr.org RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days http://ripr.org/post/ripta-ends-free-ridership-poor-air-quality-days <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will no longer offer free bus rides on days with poor air quality. RIPTA is ending the program, because the agency doesn’t have money to support it this year.</p><p>RIPTA has offered free rides on days with poor air quality since 1995, according to Amy Pettine, the agency’s director of planning and marketing. It has been a longtime partner with the departments of health, transportation, and environmental management in issuing alerts for poor air quality days.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:25:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 30312 at http://ripr.org RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days Dividers Installed Along Pell Bridge In Newport http://ripr.org/post/dividers-installed-along-pell-bridge-newport <p>Road crews have begun installing hundreds of dividers down the center of the Pell Bridge in Newport. About five hundred three-foot yellow posts will stretch the two mile span.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Director David Darlington said the dividers will not keep people from crossing into oncoming traffic, but should help keep those accidents from occurring in the first place.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:33:36 +0000 John Bender 28742 at http://ripr.org Dividers Installed Along Pell Bridge In Newport Public Comment Opens For RI Transportation Projects http://ripr.org/post/public-comment-opens-ri-transportation-projects <p>The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.</p><p></p><p>The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects.</p><p>In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:19:33 +0000 Catherine Welch 26219 at http://ripr.org AAA Study Finds Alarming Rates Of Drowsy Driving http://ripr.org/post/aaa-study-finds-alarming-rates-drowsy-driving <p>Triple A is out with a study that should be a wake-up call for those who drive while drowsy.&nbsp; The problem of sleepy driving is more prevalent than you might realize.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A study on sleepy driving commissioned by Triple ‘A’ finds that 28 percent of motorists reported being so tired in the past month they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.&nbsp; Motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were the most likely to report driving drowsy.&nbsp; Elderly motorists and those between the ages of 16 and 18 were least likely to drive drowsy.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:10:18 +0000 Flo Jonic 24319 at http://ripr.org AAA Study Finds Alarming Rates Of Drowsy Driving Transportation: A Big Challenge for Those With Dementia http://ripr.org/post/transportation-big-challenge-those-dementia <p>Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts toured the state with an all-volunteer work group for a number of listening sessions to get a better sense of what’s available to those suffering from dementia and their caregivers. They also wanted to hear about what more can be done to help residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:38:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 21366 at http://ripr.org