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Friday, March 17, 2017
8:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Rhode Island Convention Center
FREE Registration Required to Attend

Where are we going? Where are YOU going?

Join with business, civic and elected leaders, transit riders, real estate developers and community advocates for a discussion of where we’re going with Rhode Island’s transit system and how we can most effectively leverage it to benefit more Rhode Islanders, our economy and our environment.

Hear from international public transit consultant Jarrett Walker.

He’ll share his observations about Rhode Island’s transit system, how it compares with other metros its size and offer some preliminary recommendations for shaping a system that gets more Rhode Islanders – and visitorswhere they need to go when they need to get there, conveniently, quickly and affordably. We’ll hear how RIPTA and other public transit agencies are adapting to and leveraging new technologies and how some are partnering with the private sector to extend their reach or to create new transit-oriented development that helps to pay for transit improvements and operations.

Get updates from local officials on transit projects currently in the works:

Rajiv-Headshot-2015w-captionPanel to be moderated by Virgin Pulse’s Rajiv Kumar, M.D.

  • Providence Intermodal Transit Center at Amtrak Station (PITC) – Julie Oakley, Supervising Planner, RIDOT
  • Downtown Transit Corridor (DTC) – Amy Pettine, Executive Director of Planning, RIPTA
  • Pawtucket / Central Falls Commuter Rail Station – Jan Brodie, Executive Director, Pawtucket Foundation

Hear about an emerging concept for an in-state rail service that could improve mobility for thousands of Rhode Islanders, increase the efficiency of existing bus service and create opportunities for nodes of residential and commercial development along its route.

  • Thinking Outside the Bus – Roger Leaf

Forum Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. • Registration / Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

  • Welcome, Introductions, – Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart RI
  • Remarks from Governor Gina M. Raimondo

9:05 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. • Keynote Presentation

  • Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
    Observations about Rhode Island mass transit, national trends, opportunities to strengthen and leverage Rhode Island’s transit system for economic and community development.
  • Q & A
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. • Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. • Panel Discussion

  • Rajiv Kumar, M.D., Moderator