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Bad Air/Free Ride

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued a health advisory and declared Saturday an ‘Ozone Alert Day’.The DEM suggests, Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels. Also, all RIPTA routes, excluding special services, will be free …

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Bringing Back The Streetcars

State and local planners hope to bring back streetcar lines as part of a comprehensive plan to modernize the public transit system for Providence and surrounding communities. The final version of the plan, called the Providence Metropolitan Transit Enhancement Study, will be released tomorrow. In addition to improving the bus system and increasing the number …

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Tuesday Air Quality Alert — RIPTA Free

The Department of Environmental Management has declared Tuesday an ‘Air Quality Alert’ day due to unhealthy levels of ozone and moderate fine particulate matter. This means all RIPTA routes, excluding special services, will be free. Just hop on a bus or trolley, and then hop off. And put away those stupid leaf blowers which should …

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Good News/Bad News

Free bus service/Can’t breath. RIPTA has declared Friday an Air Quality Alert Day. All regular bus and trolley service is free (excludes special services).  Just hop on! The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in all of Rhode Island, in the mid to late afternoon on …

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RIPTA’s Nightmare

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxMUiZzWy78] Sadly, last night’s RIPTA public meeting wasn’t anywhere near as fun that Hollies song. Last night the Elmwood Community Center provided the setting for the first of about a dozen public meetings and forums about proposed bus cuts that are scheduled to happen over the winter. I left about an hour-and-a-half into the proceedings, …

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Google Transit comes to Rhode Island!

I’ve just been informed that our beloved RIPTA has just brought Google Transit to Rhode Island (and in so doing, confounded the sites “city (comma) state” naming convention, as we are listed as “Statewide, RI”). For those not familiar with Google Transit, there’s actually no need to visit the site directly. Whenever you use Google …

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On Kennedy Plaza…

Brussat’s column today. To quote our friend David Byrne: some good points, some bad points — both in the column, and at Kennedy Plaza. But I think Brussat hits the nail on the head, here: But a bus station next to a skating rink flanked by two parks and surrounded by civic, residential and commercial …

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Kennedy Plaza could be better, but come on.

Yesterday the Project for Public Space put on a generally productive and informative session on ways to transform Kennedy Plaza. But there’s been way too much of this, latent and explicit: Then there’s the issue of the homeless. Kennedy Plaza, and particularly Burnside Park, is a frequent refuge for the homeless year-round. Kent said that …

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