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Uber, 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).

As I recently tweeted in reporting the company's arrival in RI, Uber is a favorite of techies and its origin points to the creative power of the Internet:

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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.

Welcome back to my weekly column. You can find me on Twitter. Let's head in.

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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.

RIPTA Rolls Out Big Changes for a Faster Ride

Jun 10, 2013
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is planning some big changes.  RIPTA board chair Scott Avedisian outlined them at a press conference Monday morning.

Starting this summer, Rhode Island will have fewer bus stops. RIPTA chairman and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said some bus stops will be removed to make service faster. 

Policy & Pinot: Bicycles in Rhode Island

Apr 21, 2013
Aaron Read / RIPR

Bicycles in Rhode Island

Providence is striving to become a city where young people want to live and work. For many, having a green way to commute is vital. In this Policy and Pinot, hosted by RIPR's Bradley Campbell, we explore how making the city an attractive place to live and bike could boost the capital city’s bottom line.

Moderator:
Bradley Campbell – Environment Reporter / Weekend Host, Rhode Island Public Radio

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A plan to fill Kennedy Plaza in Providence with a mix of pedestrian-friendly activities will be announced Thursday evening.

    

The effort to populate Kennedy Plaza with more people is being led by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. The group’s head, Cliff Wood, said it will take time and a mix of millions of dollars in public and private money to reach the goal. The vision is to fill Kennedy Plaza with a variety of uses, like transit, shopping, socializing, concerts, a beer garden and children’s programs.

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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.

Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm

Feb 14, 2013
RIPTA bus at Kennedy Plaza
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is still detouring 12 of its bus routes due to the aftermath of last weekend’s snow storm.  On its website RIPTA says the affected routes will remain detoured until further notice.
You can see the latest information provided by RIPTA here. 

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