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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:58 AM   #21
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Old February 16th, 2012, 05:13 AM   #22
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Are they still planning to build a light rail line?
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Providence streetcar back on track
Jef Nickerson — June 11, 2013


Rendering of proposed Providence Streetcar at Empire Street.

In late 2009 then Mayor David Cicilline unveiled the Metro Transit Study, calling for the return of streetcars to Providence. In the intervening years, the Core Connector study has looked at the possibilities for doing just that, through studies and public meetings. A locally preferred alternative route connecting the East Side with the Hospitals area in Upper South Providence has been approved by RIPTA.

Then, we entered our fiscal emergency and the streetcar was put on the back burner.

In March of this year, Mayor Taveras gave his Economic Report and expressed his support for seeing the streetcar project continue. Last week, the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development applied for a Federal TIGER grant to partially fund the streetcar project.

The TIGER Grant Application calls for $39 million in federal funds to use towards the $114 million project.

The grant states the remainder of the project would be funded by City TIF Bonds ($54.32 M), RI Capital Plan funds ($15 M), RIPTA CMAQ funds ($5.25 M), and a RIDOT land transfer ($0.80 M).

Operating funds and debt service totaling $6.93 million per year would be funded by the TIF; an Assessment District; parking revenues; fares (~$2), sponsorships, and advertising revenues; and a three year CMAQ subsidy.

The TIGER Grant application included letters of support from RIPTA, the RI Convention Center, Brown University, the College Hill and Jewelry District neighborhood associations, the Providence Foundation, Grow Smart RI, AARP of Rhode Island, the Sierra Club of Rhode Island, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and others.

If the City receives the TIGER funding, construction could begin as early as 2015 following completion of design and environmental revue, with service commencing in 2017.
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Rhode Island's first BRT - the RIPTA R Line - is scheduled to begin operation on 2014.06.21.

source: http://www.ripta.com/ripta-to-hold-c...id-bus-updates

The line will run from downtown Pawtucket south on Main Street, then into Providence on North Main Street to downcity, stopping by the train station and Kennedy Plaza and then getting on Broad Street to the Providence/Cranston border at Broad & Montgomery.

There will be 10-minute intervals in service throughout the day on weekdays, reverting to 20-minute frequencies beginning at 7:00 pm, with the last bus departing Montgomery Ave at 12:30 am and downtown Pawtucket at 12:15 am.

Weekend service is every 15 minutes during the day; every 20 minutes during early morning and evening.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 01:39 PM   #25
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Providence-Worcester commuter rail gathers momentum

By Aaron Nicodemus TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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WORCESTER — A proposal to build a private passenger rail service from Worcester to Providence bucks more than 100 years of history.

At the moment, private commuter rail in the United States is extinct. The last one to run with any regularity — the Rio Grande Zephyr, which shuttled through the Rockies between Denver and Ogden, Utah — ceased operating as a private enterprise 31 years ago, when the route was folded into Amtrak's California Zephyr line.

A short-lived private venture called the Florida Fun Train operated between Fort Lauderdale and Tampa in the late 1990s, but it folded in less than a year, according to a recent story on private commuter rail in The Atlantic magazine.

And that's it.

Amtrak now runs most passenger rail service in the United States. While the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. is profitable, Amtrak is supported by nearly $1 billion a year in public subsidies. Most major cities have their own public commuter rail, subway and bus services.

But Vincent Bono, general manager and largest shareholder of the Boston Surface Railroad Co., based in Arlington, Mass., is convinced there is enough demand to bring private commuter service to large cities in the Northeast. He said the Worcester-to-Providence connection is the most feasible of several city pairings that he has studied.



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Plans for train station on Pawtucket, Central Falls line are picking up steam

By Patrick Anderson Posted Feb. 1, 2015 @ 12:01 am

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Supporters of restoring commuter rail service to Pawtucket and Central Falls say a decade of planning work has brought them “halfway there” to the goal of a new train station serving the two cities.

“We are at the halfway point … and we understand that it seems like a snail’s pace,” said Natasha Velickovic, project manager with consultants VHB at a recent information session at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center. “But that is just the federal process, and we have to get through it.”
If all goes well, state, Pawtucket and Central Falls leaders believe a new station could be ready to host trains in five years, which would represent a surge of progress from the current pace.



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Unfortunately, it seems they are not planning to revive the old station in Pawtucket. Which could be a true little gem if renovated.


Pawtucket - Central Falls Railroad Station (Providence County, Rhode Island)
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Old February 17th, 2015, 01:30 PM   #28
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Unfortunately, it seems they are not planning to revive the old station in Pawtucket. Which could be a true little gem if renovated.


Pawtucket - Central Falls Railroad Station (Providence County, Rhode Island)
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This station looks really wonderful.
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Hopefully the TOD around the proposed station will make up for the loss of a great station.
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You know how pitiful railroads are in the US when a rural train station is 68th most used
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Its near a Large University & the Gateway to Rhode Island's Tourism industry.
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Providence will not be getting a streetcar....

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A review of the RIPTA R-Line (Providence-Pawtucket rapid frequent bus service)

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Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor (in lieu of streetcar)



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Officials celebrate completion of train station renovations

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A recent review of RIPTA bus 12X = http://milesonthembta.blogspot.com/2...ress-park.html

A recent review of RIPTA bus 22 = http://milesonthembta.blogspot.com/2...ntiac-ave.html
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