Fri June 4, 2010
Transportation Secretary optimistic about Providence transit plan
By Flo Jonic
Providence, R.I. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Providence yesterday. He didn't come bearing gifts but he left a little hope.
After touring the city by trolley, LaHood said there is a good chance the federal government will fund Transit 2020 - the capital city's ambitious plan to get people out of their cars and onto mass transit.
"These folks are well positioned," LaHood said. "When the economy comes back when we put together a transportation bill, as we spend the money the senators gave us in the economic recovery bill Look all the stars are aligned pretty properly I think."
A key portion of Transit 2020 is the construction of a street car between Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. Streetcar funds have already been allocated but LaHood says more will become available and the city's well thought out plan will give it an advantage in obtaining some of it.