By Bob Plain on June 15, 2016
The RIPTA Riders Alliance rallied at the State House yesterday to call attention to bus fare increases to the elderly, disabled and very low income people. RIPTA decided to end free bus fare for these riders earlier this year. The House budget restored free fares for the elderly and disabled until January. Advocates say it […]
By Randall Rose on June 13, 2016
A devastating fare hike for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable seniors and disabled people is the focus of a new budget fight. Although Rhode Island has long had a program where seniors and disabled people who have trouble affording bus trips ride free, the last year has seen efforts to end this program and charge more […]
By RIPTA Riders Alliance on June 9, 2016
All the budget does is to reschedule the fare hike — RIPTA had wanted this fare hike to start this July 1, and the House budget provides only enough funding to postpone the fare hike by six months (to January 2017), according to the Providence Journal and legislative leaders.
By transportprovidence on June 5, 2016
One of the stranger comments I receive from time to time is that urbanism is a secret plot to take away people’s freedom. I get this more often from people on the right, but it’s also a component of left criticism of urbanism. The weird thing about this conspiracy theory is that it’s a tag-team, […]
By transportprovidence on June 1, 2016
I was a little flabbergasted to see a piece highlighting an effort to remove parking meters on a progressive website like RI Future. We should not remove the parking meters on Thayer Street, but we should change their implementation. There are a lot of legitimate complaints about the way the Elorza Administration has implemented parking […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2016
After the quarter mile walk the marchers were told that the board room was filled to capacity and that many people, including the elderly and disabled, might have to wait in the hallway for their turn to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Artemis, McAuley House, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2016
“I live on a fixed income. I live alone. I have to go to the doctor’s for COPD, hypertension, cancer… I cannot afford it. To pay fifty cents even, I would just lose my life…”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged house finance, Logisticare, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Scott Slater | 1 Response
By transportprovidence on May 9, 2016
It’s hard to tax the rich at the local level. The area within the borders of a local community is small, and tax avoidance becomes a game to people with money. One need simply relocate a block across the border to smack back at most local popular efforts. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying […]
By transportprovidence on April 29, 2016
Hopeful discussion of a possible parking tax earlier this week gave way to the realization that Jorge Elorza and Providence City Council are more likely to forego such a measure, and instead lower the car tax. Sigh. . . I know that many in the progressive community feel the car tax is too high, or that there […]
By transportprovidence on April 19, 2016
Author’s Note: I proposed this as a joint submission to RI Future and Ocean State Current-Anchor. Justin Katz responded to say that he’ll be writing something in response. I look forward to his reply. I’ve had two interactions with Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse, and in each I’ve found common ground […]
By transportprovidence on April 8, 2016
I would hate that you should have an unfortunate accident. . . Last night while I was speaking to some people about the Moving Together PVD boulevard proposal, a man in a grey sweatshirt came over and said “This one here better not get into an accident on his bicycle or he might not get […]
By transportprovidence on March 30, 2016
Last Wednesday, RIDOT presented what it is calling a “boulevard-highway hybrid” model of the 6/10 Connector. I’ve dubbed their proposal “6/10 Dig” because it replicates the mistakes of the “Big Dig” in Boston. Our proposal at Moving Together Providence continues to be a true 6/10 Boulevard. Kevin Proft at Eco RI News has done the […]
By Barry Schiller on March 16, 2016
In March, the RI Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) raised their monthly pass price from $62 to $70, a transfer from $.50 to $1, eliminated the discounted 15-ride $26 pass, but kept the basic $2 one-state rate, whether you ride for just two stops or all the way from Westerly to Providence.
By Peter Nightingale on March 7, 2016
As part of the “FANG needs YOU: To protest Governor Raimondo to confront Governor Raimondo” campaign, I went to the NORAD event to confront our governor about her support for fossil fuels.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Featured, Narragansett Bay, Transportation | Tagged David Cicilline, fang, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin | Leave a response
By Peter Brassard on February 15, 2016
The federal government is considering improvements and changes to train service along the Northeast Corridor rail line that could end up bypassing Providence in favor of Worcester. Here’s how: “NEC FUTURE – a plan for rail investment for the Northeast Corridor,” sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and as their title indicates, is a […]
By ACLU of RI on February 10, 2016
“It appears these devices will record information from not just trucks subject to tolls, but every vehicle passing through. The technology, the ACLU says, seems similar to automated license plate readers, which capture and record the license plate information, date, time and GPS location of every vehicle on the road.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Peter Alviti, RhodeWorks, Truck tolls | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged AAA of Southern New England, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Grow Smart Rhode Island, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Lloyd Albert, Michael F. Sabitoni, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Ocean State Job Lot, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Samuel Bell on February 9, 2016
Republican Reps Patricia Morgan and Dan Reilly have been making a major push to stop the truck tolls in the RhodeWorks proposal, yet have signed onto a bill that would drastically expand tolls in Rhode Island.
By Young Democrats of RI on February 9, 2016
As Young Democrats, we believe that our system of roads and bridges should be well-maintained and built to promote economic development, connect workers with jobs, and knit together our communities.
By acting now, Rhode Island will realize significant savings, as opposed to the long-standing practice of delaying while our infrastructure becomes more and more unsafe.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Gina Raimondo, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas A. Mattiello, RhodeWorks, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By transportprovidence on February 1, 2016
“Whatever critiques there might be of Bloomberg, the fact is that he’s led on some issues. Bernie Sanders should work hard to undermine Bloomberg’s base of support on a key issue where the Bloomberg administration led: transportation.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, Health Care, Transportation | Tagged Bernie Sanders, donald trump, Janette Sadik-Kahn, Michael Bloomberg, single-payer healthcare, Stop and Frisk | 3 Responses