It was a busy summer, with more than 1,000 individuals participating in 25 popup events held in August and September at numerous transit stops and stations across the state. In September we unveiled three transit investment scenarios at our second round of Public Workshops, with strong participation at four well-attended meetings in Warwick, South Kingstown, Providence, and Pawtucket. The planning team is now using the public comments and feedback gathered at these events to build a recommended transit plan for review and approval later this year. To view the many deliverables published this summer, check out the DOCUMENTS webpage and please share your comments. THANK YOU for a great season of public engagement!
RIPTA, RIDOT and the Division of Statewide Planning released the "State of the System Report," an overview of all bus, rail and water transportation services in Rhode Island. The document details where transit ridership is highest today, and where there will be a need for expanded services over the twenty years. Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA, has said that the report "provides a foundation for the future as we continue to work with our partners on the state’s first transit master plan.”
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us at our first Public Workshop Series! We are thrilled to have met so many people in Providence, Woonsocket, and Newport during the first round of workshops. We are in the process of reviewing all of the feedback that we received and using it to inform and improve on our analyses. Check back again in the future as we begin releasing documents for comment and schedule future workshops.
This summer the project team has been setting the foundation for the Transit Master Plan. This includes preparing a public involvement plan, introducing the project to the Rhode Island State Planning Council, and identifying key members of project, stakeholder, and leadership teams for the project and building a database of project stakeholders.
Throughout the summer and fall the Project Team met with many stakeholders to discuss the project, the goals and objectives, and priorities for consideration.
Lastly, the project team has been building its public engagement platforms including this website and a plan email address for comments TransitForwardRI@gmail.com. Please reach out to us via email or using the comment box on this website. Looking forward to continuing the conversation!