Category Archives: Providence

Are Express Trains Worth It?

So, you have your urban rail line. It’s mostly above ground, so constructing new express overtakes is feasible. It has decent frequency, and carries trains to destinations at a variety of distances from city center. But it’s not an overcrowded … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 93 Comments

Can HSR Connect Hartford and Providence?

If new high-speed rail construction has to largely follow Interstate corridors, then a new line from New Haven to Boston can serve either Providence on I-95 or Hartford on I-91/84/90, but not both. However, there’s still the possibility of building … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, Providence, Transportation | 108 Comments

The Different Cities We Inhabit

I do not know many people who live in Boston proper. I know about a hundred who live in the Greater Boston area, but only a small minority lives in the city proper, as is of course true in general. … Continue reading

Posted in Personal/Admin, Politics and Society, Providence, Urbanism | 13 Comments

Troll Rail Projects

In lieu of a real post, I want to discuss a few possible rail projects that are not completely thought-out. By this I mean rail projects that probably have critical constructibility and cost problems, but not obvious ones. They lie … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 83 Comments

Core Connectors and In-Between Neighborhoods

In some American cities, new or proposed transit lines are either core connectors, i.e. city-center circulator streetcars built for development purposes, or far-flung commuter rail extensions with few urban stops. Both are present in Providence, with the South County extension … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, Politics and Society, Providence, Transportation, Urban Transit, Urbanism | 36 Comments

Providence: Busy Versus Frequent Buses

While trying to come up with a good proposal for upgraded buses or streetcars in Providence, I tried to base route decisions on RIPTA’s most frequent buses. But as it turns out, there’s a substantial difference between the most frequent … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, Providence, Transportation, Urban Transit | 12 Comments

Followup on the Providence Regional Rail Shuttle

Peter Brassard’s proposal for a very frequent-stop mainline train in Rhode Island received comments both here and on Greater City, dealing with issues from rolling stock to station choice to scheduling. Some are fairly trivial, some aren’t. The upshot is … Continue reading

Posted in Freight, Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 9 Comments

Commuter Rail, Urban Infill Stations, and Shuttle Train Rapid Transit

This is a proposal by Peter Brassard, who comments here and on Greater City: Providence. It was published on Greater City first, and is mirrored here as the site is experiencing server problems. Rhode Island’s commuter rail service as currently … Continue reading

Posted in Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 61 Comments

Quick Note: 77 Cents on the Dollar

The headline numbers for how much federal spending each state gets per federal tax dollar it sends to Washington come from the Tax Foundation and are almost a decade out of date. However, using IRS numbers for tax receipts per … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Society, Providence | 7 Comments

Where Should Streetcar Corridors Be?

At a meeting of some of the Greater City people about the Providence streetcar proposal, many of us had severe criticism of the current plan. The line is too short; it is S-shaped; it detours to serve a hospital that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Providence, Transportation, Urban Transit | 41 Comments