Nearly 100 million people are expected to travel fifty miles or more this holiday season. Some four million of those will be New Englanders.
That’s up four percent from last year according to AAA. The organization reports the uptick is due to an extended holiday season, December 23 through January 4, as well as a steadily improving economy according to AAA spokesman Lloyd Albert. “Well I think we’ve been seeing such depressed travel volumes over the past three or four years, that this year we’ve been seeing a very significant uptick.”
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. There are some outspoken critics of the project.
The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers. They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time.
Groups upset over changes to Kennedy Plaza rallied at City Hall in Providence Tuesday.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Riders alliance said proposed changes in bus services are the start of a push to move bus riders out of the central downtown location. Bus stops have moved out of Kennedy Plaza as construction continues, and not all of them will be reinstalled once the project is completed.
Randall Rose is a spokesperson for the Riders Alliance group, and said moving the hub is a bad idea.
Triple A is out with a study that should be a wake-up call for those who drive while drowsy. The problem of sleepy driving is more prevalent than you might realize.
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. Motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were the most likely to report driving drowsy. Elderly motorists and those between the ages of 16 and 18 were least likely to drive drowsy.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold a hearing Monday on restoring bus service to Tiverton. Tiverton hasn’t had bus service in nearly five years. It was suspended when weight limits were placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering changes to its bus service and wants the public to weigh in. The transit authority is considering two alternatives to how it’s running now.
RIPTA marketing director Amy Pettine says the changes won’t add costs to running the transit system, but could expand service in some much-needed parts of the state. She says this includes a new route proposed for Woonsocket and better coordination with commuter rail.