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Forum focused on making transit work better for Rhode Islanders and state economy

Forum video coming soon!  See powerpoint presentations below. March 17, 2017 (Providence, RI) — On Friday, nearly 200 people, including Governor Raimondo and RIPTA Board Chair Wayne Kezirian joined Grow Smart RI at the RI Convention Center for “Next Stop: Making Transit Work for RI” — a forum to discuss ways to most effectively leverage […]

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The future of RI mass transit takes center stage December 1st

Transit forum will examine lessons learned in Denver, Minneapolis and Hartford as local officials explore how to make transit work for more Rhode Islanders Nearly 80% of Rhode Island’s population lives within a 10-minute walk of a transit stop.  Still, onlyabout 2.7% of the state’s population uses transit regularly.  It’s something of a “chicken or […]

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Grow Smart statement on Governor’s truck user fee proposal

June 2, 2015 – Grow Smart Rhode Island (“Grow Smart”) is a statewide nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization focused on promoting enduring and sustainable economic growth that capitalizes on Rhode Island’s many place-based assets.  One of the principal ways we pursue this is by promoting responsible public investment in a 21st century transportation system […]

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Grow Smart RI letter to Providence City Council in support of the Streetcar TIF Ordinance

This letter was sent to Providence City Countil Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi in support of the TIF Ordinance for the proposed Providence Streetcar: Grow Smart Rhode Island supports the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) ordinance for the City of Providence’s streetcar initiative, provided that it is coordinated effectively with other major pending transit initiatives […]

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RIPTA survey seeks to uncover what you want and what you need from your public transit system

This post is republished from the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC). The CTC calls for a 21st century transportation system that enhances our economy and provides all Rhode Islanders with healthy transportation choices. Grow Smart RI is a member of the Coalition. RIPTA is asking Rhode Islanders what it can do to serve existing riders […]

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An economic development call to action

RIPEC’s report on structural reform of our economic development delivery system offers some suggestions worthy of consideration.  However, with Rhode Island’s unemployment rate still among the nation’s highest, we cannot let the report become a rationale for further delay in implementing an asset based economic development strategy. Targeted investments in our state’s assets are urgently […]

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