Big changes are coming quickly to the transportation sector and Rhode Island wants to be ready for the world of driverless vehicles and other high-tech innovations coming to its roadways.
HAMDEN, Conn. — A recent announcement by the Federal Railroad Administration that the $1.1 billion Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project on the Northeast Corridor in Maryland poses “no significant impact,” drew sharp rebukefrom Daniel Mackay, executive director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation recently sent a letter to Amtrak that asked the agency to clarify and reconsider its role in the controversial plan.
HOPKINTON, R.I. — The project never made much sense to the many opponents of the travel plaza/welcome center planned off Interstate 95. Their message recently got through to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
PROVIDENCE — State senators got few answers about a proposal to expand the Amtrak rail line in Rhode Island during a Feb. 28 conference call with federal officials.
PROVIDENCE — Removing the Plainfield Street on-ramp to Route 6 East, and indirectly Route 10 North and South, was touted as a victory for the Olneyville and Silver Lake neighborhoods, when the city’s Department of Planning and Development announced a compromise design for the 6-10 Connector with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
PROVIDENCE — The Drop-the-Bypass movement received an unexpected boost Jan. 25 when Gov. Gina Raimondo came out against a portion of the federal rail project that threatened open space and tribal land in Washington County.
PROVIDENCE — Electric vehicles are getting cheaper while incentives to buy them are multiplying, so, it’s likely no coincidence that sales are on the rise.
The most notable improvements are for highway users. First, the missing connection between Route 10 North and Route 6 West is, once again, included in the proposed design. Highway users and business owners from nearby Olneyville Square have universally demanded this connection
The Federal Railroad Administration, about a week before Christmas, released its final environmental impact statement regarding the straightening of Northeast Corridor tracks, from Washington, D.C., to Boston, during the next few decades.
PROVIDENCE — The city’s planning department has veered away from the type of highway removal project it once championed as a way forward for the 6-10 Connector. It’s now proposing a limited-access “parkway,” dressed up with eye-catching automobile infrastructure, a handful of new over and underpasses that connect neighborhoods divided by the highway, and improved pedestrian and bike infrastructure in the surrounding neighborhoods.
PROVIDENCE — At a city-organized forum in March, Peter Alviti, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, announced his agency would consider a “hybrid” approach to reconstructing the increasingly dilapidated 6-10 Connector. Alviti admitted he was not on board with the highway-to-boulevard idea advocates he spoke alongside with that night, but said his agency recognized the city's concerns.
PROVIDENCE — The city’s department of Planning + Development heard a resounding message from the hundred or so members of the public who attended its recent listening session on the future of the 6-10 Connector: Attendees demanded that the 1.3-mile stretch of highway between Olneyville and downtown be reconstructed in a way that connects communities divided by the highway and accommodates pedestrians, bicycles, cars and buses, while avoiding the gentrification of the abutting neighborhoods.
PROVIDENCE — The city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) is adjusting to a greater workload. In May, Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order requiring that all significant street and sidewalk repair or construction projects go before the commission for review during conception and design phases.