transportation http://ripr.org en 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 On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence http://ripr.org/post/demand-car-service-uber-ready-disrupt-providence <p></p><p><a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>, the on-demand car service that lets users summon a ride via a smart phone app, is set to formally launch in Providence on September 12 (5:30 pm at Tazza, on Westminster Street).</p><p>As I recently <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">tweeted</a> in reporting<a href="https://www.uber.com/cities/providence"> the company's arrival in RI</a>, Uber is a favorite of techies and<a href="http://ripr.org/post/venture-capitalist-kopelman-offers-pep-talk-ri-entrepreneurs"> its origin points to the creative power of the Internet</a>:</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:41:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 21051 at http://ripr.org On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-pension-talks-sakonnet-tolls-bishop-tobins-gop-switch <p></p><p>Pablo Rodriguez joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss ongoing mediation over Rhode Island's pension lawsuit; the start next week of a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge; Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin's decision to become a Republican; and the US Justice Department stepping away from mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20131 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-11-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media <p>Welcome back to my weekly column. You can find me on <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">Twitter</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:55:09 +0000 Ian Donnis 16926 at http://ripr.org Edwards Says Sakonnet Tolls Will Hurt More Than They'll Help http://ripr.org/post/edwards-says-sakonnet-tolls-will-hurt-more-theyll-help <p>Residents and merchants in the East Bay are sharply opposing tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Local lawmakers have joined them in asserting the tolls will hurt the economy in communities near the bridge.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 16739 at http://ripr.org Edwards Says Sakonnet Tolls Will Hurt More Than They'll Help