By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
“We promise to work in the General Assembly to restore the legislative mandate for no-fare passes that worked very well for forty years.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Bill Flynn, Economic Progress Institute, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, No Fare Bus Pass Program, Office of Veterans Affairs, Ray Gagne, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
I would argue that at a certain point the no-fare bus pass evolved from mere program to cherished value as uniquely Rhode Island as our historic separation of church and state and our long standing policy of saying no to the death penalty.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Social Services, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, American Public Transportation Association, APTA, Christina Tate, Coalition to Preserve No-Fare Passes, Gabs Amor, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Marjorie Waters, Nicholas Mattiello, Ocean State Center for Independent Living, RIPTA, RIPTA No-Fare Bus Pass Program, RIPTA Riders, Tim Flynn, Wayne Kezirian | 1 Response
By transportprovidence on January 17, 2017
Raimondo deserves a modest nod for choosing not to completely eliminate car taxes, a regressive plan that for some reason many progressives think would help economic justice.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, block island, car tax, carbon tax, David Norton, Donald Carcieri, earned income tax credit, EITC, Fair Shot Agenda, Gina Raimondo, kennedy plaza, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Providence, Providence Journal, RIPTA | Leave a response
By David Norton on January 14, 2017
We chose City Hall to highlight the fact that Pawtucket pays one of the highest vehicle excise taxes in the state at 5.3 percent. Pawtucket residents have been paying this very high tax for many years without relief.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Pawtucket, Providence, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged car tax, Donald Grebien, Fair Shot Agenda, Jamestown, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Hall, Providence | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on January 8, 2017
I don’t agree with eliminating the car tax, but if it’s going to be done, are there ways for progressive legislators to use the process to better advantage? I’ve come up with some bargaining chips that I think should be in the progressive line-up while dealing with the car tax. Just briefly. . . Some […]
By Bob Plain on December 19, 2016
With only 12 days left before the state was set to stop giving elderly, disabled, and low income Rhode Islanders free bus passes, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Board of Directors voted to extend that social service for one more month. But for those who have been battling since summer to reinstate the program […]
By transportprovidence on December 18, 2016
The Spaghetti Monster is real my friends, and it demands tribute. RIDOT cites the safety problem of driver weaving on “the Viaduct” in a proposal to increase the girth of I-95 between the 6/10 Connector and the Statehouse. The FASTLANE application also calls for a reconfiguration of the Dean Street ramps to the 6/10 Connector. […]
By transportprovidence on December 11, 2016
The 6/10 Connector plan agreed to by Mayor Jorge Elorza and Governor Raimondo calls for a bridge crossing between Tobey Street and Olneyville (it appears to be Grove Street, by my reckoning) on the other side. This is one of the better features of an otherwise lackluster plan. However, the Tobey Street bridge is currently […]
By Alex Krogh Grabbe Ellis on December 9, 2016
I’ve been talking up a progressive, urban solution for the 6-10 Connector almost as long as James Kennedy has. So I was excited and cautious and skeptical yesterday at the press event revealing the compromise plan for the corridor negotiated between RIDOT and the City of Providence. There were words from Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 3, 2016
Vehicular space on Fountain Street has been narrowed from three to two spaces, a bus island has been installed for the safety of RIPTA passengers and a parking-protected bike lane has been striped to provide a safe route for bicyclists and to help them avoid car doors opening into traffic and causing injuries.
By Spencer Grassie on October 26, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The city has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Spencer Grassie on October 25, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The City has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Barry Schiller on October 24, 2016
Have you heard about the $17 million “Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor” grant that the city of Providence received for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to develop a 6-stop enhanced bus corridor to run from the Providence Railroad station to a new bus hub in the hospital district? Its largely the route originally planned to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Transportation | Tagged Burnside Park, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Randall Rose, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By transportprovidence on October 4, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza appeared with his team from Providence Planning to present a draft proposal for the 6/10 Connector Monday night. The plan took the form of a parkway.
By Spencer Grassie on September 29, 2016
Spencer Grassie writes, “We, as Rhode Islanders, have two options: 1) we can continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results or 2) we can facilitate strategic action among private, civic, and public sectors to reverse the dismal public policy decisions of the 1950s by replacing the limited-access highway with an intermodal boulevard.”
By transportprovidence on September 18, 2016
Director Peter Alviti of RIDOT recently stated his own version of reality about the 6/10 Connector when he said that, “Hypothetical plans or other scenarios could be explored in the world of theory, but in the world of reality we are facing we now need to address this structurally deficient problem.” Alviti’s words are dismissive […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“Criminalization is not a solution to homelessness,” added Roger Williams University School of Law Professor and Assistant Dean Andrew Horwitz. “It is incredibly cruel to those experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the individuals and making it harder to connect to advocates and services.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Andrew Horwitz, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Downtown Improvement District, eric hirsch, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, providence college, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap | Leave a response
By Tom Sgouros on September 13, 2016
I saw my friend Jeff yesterday morning, on the way to his morning workout at the YMCA. Jeff is confined to a wheelchair, and uses RIPTA to get to the East Side Y most mornings. We chatted for a few minutes while we got on the same bus and shared it through the bus tunnel. […]
By transportprovidence on September 13, 2016
The Providence Journal editorial board posted a piece praising Governor Gina Raimondo for her decision to ignore the public process and the recommendations of national and local experts to fast-track the reconstruction of the 6/10 Connector. The Projo is, as a journalistic entity, free to make whatever statements it wants on any issue. The problem with […]