During the 1950s, cheap gas, lobbying by the fossil-fuel industry, and the marketing of automobiles as a symbol of personal freedom derailed the nation’s transit system, including Rhode Island’s network of interurban streetcars and trolleybuses.
Two former Division of Statewide Planning employees say the biggest obstacle to improving transportation for those not in cars is the state’s attitude, specifically that of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
A recently published study estimates the capacity for accommodating up to 73,000 new housing units and 25,000 new jobs in transit-oriented development areas in five cities and towns across Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has requested that nearly $28 million be redirected from alternative transportation projects to pay for street paving and bridge repair work.
The U.S. transportation sector generates the largest share of climate-changing emissions, as more than 90 percent of the fuel used to move planes, trains, and automobiles is petroleum based.
PROVIDENCE — A lawsuit recently filed in Superior Court claims that a bus hub at the Providence train station and the dedicated bus corridor being built through Kennedy Plaza could impact quality of life and bring down property values.
PROVIDENCE — First there were electric bikes, then electric scooters, and next on the way are autonomous electric vehicles.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has one hydrogen filling station but more are anticipated as hydrogen-fueled cars gain acceptance as a clean-emission transportation option.
PROVIDENCE — The problem is that only a handful of hubs are in low-income neighborhoods. The bulk of the hubs are downtown and on the East Side.
PROVIDENCE — There is no date yet when Providence bike sharing will launch, but the program recently notched an important milestone.
NEWPORT, R.I. — A new bike shuttle will take cyclists across the Pell and Verrazano bridges every Saturday from June 20 through Oct. 13.
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University students are working with Grow Smart Rhode Island and HousingWorks RI to pinpoint the opportunities and challenges of development along Rhode Island’s rail corridor and high-frequency bus routes.
PROVIDENCE — The new bike-share system is similar to the original concept but with a model akin to Zipcar, where riders pay a recurring fee as members with the privilege to rent the vehicles for an hourly charge.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's first hydrogen filling station has been installed in a corner of the Stop & Shop parking lot on Branch Avenue.