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9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Record Number Of Holiday Travelers Expected This Holiday Season

More than 4 million New Englanders are expected to travel this holiday season.
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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.”

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Transportation
9:20 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Traffic Changes Coming To Downtown Providence

Exchange Terrace, will now accommodate two-way traffic.
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Drivers in downtown Providence should take caution this week.  The city is two-way traffic on roads that used to be one-way. 

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Local Features
1:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

RIPTA Passengers Adjust To Relocated Bus Stops

Credit Benjamin Bryant

Passengers on The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's buses are doing their best to adjust to recent relocations of bus stops from Kennedy Plaza to other nearby locations. The relocations went into effect Saturday, July 12th. They are expected to last through the rest of the summer while the renovations are completed. RIPTA says the City of Providence is trying to increase the efficiency of the bus stops and pedestrian walkways while building a large civic space in the plaza. 

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Local Features
2:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Kennedy Plaza Bus Stops Relocated For Summer

RIPTA buses at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence
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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. 

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.

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RI News
8:59 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Three Confirmed Dead Following Train, Vehicle Collision

Amtrak train station in Providence.
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Authorities have confirmed that three people have died as a result of a train collision with a vehicle in Massachusetts.  There were reports earlier of two dead.

Authorities say two men and one woman were killed after a train struck their vehicle late Sunday night.

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.  Craig Schultz, is a spokesman with Amtrak.

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Environment
9:29 am
Fri May 30, 2014

State Joins Others In Pledge To Get Zero-Emission Cars On The Roads

Rhode Island has joined seven other states in trying to get millions more zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
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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.

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.

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RI News
4:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster

RIPTA's turning the Route 11 and Route 99 buses into Rapid Bus Lines.
Credit file / RIPR

RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.

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.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Another App-based Transport Service - Lyft - Coming to RI Later This Week

In a sign of the growing battle between app-based transportation services, Lyft -- which lets consumers decide how much they want to pay for a ride -- is launching in the Providence market on Friday.

While Lyft bears a few strong similarities to Uber, which came to Providence last September, Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen says the company emphasizes an "in-person experience" and is about "building a community."

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Environment
6:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days

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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.

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.

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Transportation
3:33 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Dividers Installed Along Pell Bridge In Newport

Dividers down the center of the Pell Bridge in Newport should all be installed by the end of the week.
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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.

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.

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