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 YoungDemsRI 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
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2016
With the addition of the new federal funding, the revised legislation cuts the amount of bonding in half (from $600 million to $300 million) and reduces interest costs by more than 65%. The legislation also strengthens the prohibition on tolling passenger vehicles by adding a condition that a vote of the people be required for any legislative changes to toll cars.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
Did the General Assembly, when they voted to force the RIPTA board to increase the fares on the most vulnerable, think about the people whose lives will be ruined? Even if this entire issue goes away over the next weeks and months, did the Senators and Representatives who voted for this think about the stress they inflicted on the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless?
Posted in Class Warfare, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Peter Alviti, Randall Rose, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Jennifer Siciliano on December 9, 2015
If you want a say in what transportation projects will and won’t be completed in your community, then I’d like to tell you about RI’s new Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. There have been some concerning changes in how the State advances its transportation program, and you may have less than a month to affect […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 24, 2015
Juan Garcia, of Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, said, “We just want to send a message, especially with everything that has happened in Paris with the terrorist attacks. The people standing behind me are not terrorists. We are human beings, and what better way to promote safety in Rhode Island than to give everybody a driver’s license?”
Posted in Immigration, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiny Maldonado, Immigrant Action Committee, Inglés en Acción, jobs with justice, Juan Garcia, Nicholas Mattiello, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Todos Somos Arizona, We Are all Arizona | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Many seniors and disabled passengers live on fixed incomes and will be negatively impacted by this rate increase. Though the state will provide rides for scheduled doctor’s visits, free rides will not be provided for shopping, visits with friends and relatives, or attending political rallies. Those stuck at home will face isolation and declining health outcomes.
Posted in Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 2 Responses