Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In 2009 alone, seat belts saved over 12,000 lives. 3,688 more lives could have been saved. RIDOT reminds you to buckle up this Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Motorists Should Prepare For Wet Weather, Delays On Busiest Travel Day Of Year

With steady rain predicted for one of the heaviest travel periods of the year, The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is asking drivers to take it slow and plan ahead before visiting family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Forecasts indicate between one and two inches of rain could fall in many areas of the state tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, with the heaviest rainfall coming between 2 a.m. and noon. Cold temperatures are expected overnight Wednesday, which may result in some slippery conditions Thursday morning. Today, RIDOT Maintenance crews were checking areas prone to flooding and clearing drains of leaves and debris.

For more information, please see http://1.usa.gov/vC1inT.
Increased enforcement is in effect this week, Click-it or ticket. RIDOT reminds you this Thanksgiving to please buckle up. No exceptions.
Seat belts save lives – they are the best defense against crash-related injuries and fatalities. RIDOT says, “Buckle up this Thanksgiving!”

RIDOT to lower speed limit on Route 24 North.

Beginning this week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is lowering the speed limit on Route 24 in Portsmouth from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour. This speed reduction will be implemented on Route 24 North only, starting one mile north of Exit 2 (Boyds Lane) and extending to the Sakonnet River Bridge.
RIDOT is lowering the speed limit to improve safety where vehicles entering Route 24 North from the Hummocks Avenue on-ramp merge with highway traffic. The Department recently shifted the travel lanes to the right on Route 24 as part of the Sakonnet River Bridge Replacement Project, leaving less room for traffic to merge than existed in the original lane configuration.
For the full press release, please see: http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=15275

Monday, November 21, 2011

RIDOT expanding travel time information for the holidays

In time for increased travel associated with the upcoming holiday season, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today it will be providing travel time information on I-95 on weekends.

Beginning today, Monday, November 21, 2011, RIDOT will make travel times available seven days a week along the full length of I-95 in Rhode Island, both Northbound and Southbound. Weekend travel time information will be displayed through the holiday season, ending on January 6, 2012.

"With more people on the roads during the holidays, traffic volumes naturally increase beyond what motorists normally expect, even on weekends," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "We are pleased to be able to provide motorists this information to help them get to their destinations with as much information as we can provide."

Travel times are displayed to motorists on fixed overhead electronic message signs and on portable roadside electronic message signs from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. This information complements other travel planning services RIDOT has for motorists including 511, the Highway Advisory Radio (1630 AM) and live traffic cameras at www.tmc.dot.ri.gov.

The travel times are calculated using sensors that were previously put into place to measure traffic volumes. The equipment measures the speed of traffic in real time as vehicles travel from one sensor to another, and determines an approximate travel time for each segment of road along the route.

Travel time information will be displayed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Urgent messages such as a vehicle crash or winter storm-related messages will take precedence. Further information on the travel times program can be found at www.dot.ri.gov/travelri/traveltimes.asp. Historical travel times information, including typical busy periods during major holidays, can be found at www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveltimes/default.asp.

Those with questions can contact RIDOT's Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information may be available on RIDOT's social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for November 11-18, 2011, is available at http://t.co/MTDDaXDn.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

RIDOT Talks Turkey

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be holding a Rhode Island Community Food Bank Thanksgiving fundraiser on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of RIDOT’s Providence headquarters at Two Capitol Hill. All of the money raised through staff donations will go directly to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Every dollar raised at RIDOT’s Food Bank event translates into over three pounds of food for Rhode Islanders in need.

For more information, please see: http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=15188.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for November 5-11, 2011, is available at http://t.co/aTMwnLDR.

RIDOT to Reopen School Street Exit on I-95 North

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to reopen Exit 28 (School Street) on I-95 North in Pawtucket on Sunday, November 6, 2011. The exit had been closed since September 11.

During the closure period, RIDOT built a portion of a bridge structure that will temporarily service traffic on I-95 North during the construction of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.

RIDOT anticipates another closure of Exit 28 during the winter months, but this has not been scheduled yet. When RIDOT is ready to open the new structure that will temporarily service I-95 North traffic, Exit 28 will be closed for approximately two weeks to allow final construction necessary for both the new bridge and Exit 28.

The Pawtucket River Bridge now carrying I-95 North has an 18-ton weight limit, forcing trucks to use long detours via I-295 or Route 146, or local detours on city streets. With the opening of this new structure this winter, RIDOT will be able to eliminate the detour for I-95 North.

At the conclusion of the entire project in 2013, this new bridge structure will remain in place as a service road that will carry on-ramp traffic from George Street and off-ramp traffic to a new Exit 28 to School Street. This new bridge will reduce congestion on I-95 North by providing additional lanes for on- and off-ramp traffic.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT’s website (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

RIDOT Receives New England Railroad Club Presidents' Award for the InterLink

Last evening, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael P. Lewis accepted the New England Railroad Club 2011 Presidents’ Award for the InterLink. The InterLink is the intermodal station at T.F. Green Airport that provides a direct link to the Northeast Corridor and commuter rail service at T.F. Green Station.

The award was given jointly to RIDOT and its project partners, including the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), Amtrak, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Back in June, RIDOT and RIAC were also honored with a national America’s Transportation Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for the construction of the InterLink.

The T.F. Green Station is part of the $267 million InterLink project for RIDOT and RIAC. The InterLink features a consolidated rental car facility, a bus hub for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses, and a parking garage with spaces to accommodate 1,800 rental cars and 650 commuter vehicles.

Earlier this week, Governor Chafee, RIDOT and RIAC announced the expansion of commuter rail at the InterLink at T.F. Green Airport. The new schedule, which takes effect on Monday, November 14, 2011, nearly doubles the number of stops Monday through Friday on the Providence/Stoughton line.

A further extension of commuter rail service to Wickford Junction Station, close to Route 4 in North Kingstown, is expected in 2012. When this station opens, trains will continue further South to Wickford Junction from T.F. Green Station.

Established in 1883, the New England Railroad Club is dedicated to the sharing of information and knowledge pertaining to the design, construction and operations of railroads in the region. The Presidents’ Award honors those that enhance railroad services in the region and that further contribute to the regional economy and quality of life.

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Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4009

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Governor, RIDOT, RIAC announce expansion of commuter rail service at T.F. Green

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) together with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) are announcing the expansion of commuter rail service to T.F. Green Station in Warwick. The new schedule, which takes effect on Monday, November 14, 2011, nearly doubles the number of stops Monday through Friday on the Providence/Stoughton line.

The commuter rail station is located at the InterLink at T.F. Green Airport and service is provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The MBTA initiated service from Warwick to Providence and Boston on December 6, 2010 with 11 weekday stops. The new service will include 20 weekday stops, and for the first time provide service to and from the Airport to better match up with flight departure and arrival times.

“As Mayor and U.S. Senator, I worked to secure funding for Warwick Station and the InterLink project,” Governor Chafee said. “I am very pleased that commuter service will be expanding and there will now be even more opportunities for Rhode Islanders to take the train to work or T.F. Green Airport. This announcement is a further indication of Warwick’s growing strength as a regional transportation hub.”

The new departure and arrival schedule at T.F. Green Station to Providence and Boston’s South Station is as follows:

Departure Times from T.F. Green

• Inbound to Providence/South Station: 5:05 a.m., 6:13 a.m., 6:52 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:23 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 3:50 p.m., 8:50 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

• Inbound to Providence only: 7:20 p.m.

Arrival Times at T.F. Green

• Outbound from Providence only: 4:50 a.m., 5:53 a.m. and 6:25 a.m.

• Outbound from South Station/Providence: 8:39 a.m., 11:17 a.m., 3:16 p.m., 6:27 p.m., 7:03 p.m., 8:17 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.

The enhanced schedule showing the new departure and arrival times, as well as slight changes to existing stop times, is available on the MBTA’s website at www.mbta.com. The RIDOT website at www.dot.ri.gov includes direct links to schedule and fare information.

“We look forward to additional service at the Airport this fall,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Commuter rail provides motorists with options that can save them the hassles of driving and parking during peak commuting hours while helping to reduce to congestion on our highways.”

“We are pleased with the announcement of expanded MBTA service at the airport,” stated Kevin Dillon, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). “The additional train service provides enhanced connectivity for travelers looking to fly in and out of T.F. Green. The new MBTA schedule also aligns better with our flight options.”

Ticket fares remain unchanged, and vary by distance traveled. Travel between T.F. Green and Providence costs $2.25 each way. Travel between T.F. Green and Boston costs $8.25 each way. Seniors and persons with disabilities get 50 percent off. Children age 11 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Monthly passes for unlimited travel between Providence and T.F. Green cost $77. Monthly passes for unlimited travel between T.F. Green and Boston cost $265, which also includes travel on all MBTA buses and subways and the Inner Harbor Ferry.

Parking at the InterLink garage is $6.75 for the first 24 hours. Customers parking beyond 24 hours will incur an additional charge of $30 per day. The monthly commuter parking rate is currently $110 per month. To celebrate the increased service schedule, the monthly rate will be reduced to $95 per month, effective December 1, 2011. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The T.F. Green Station is part of the $267 million InterLink project for RIDOT and RIAC. The InterLink features a consolidated rental car facility, a bus hub for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses, and a parking garage with spaces to accommodate 1,800 rental cars and 650 commuter vehicles.

A further extension of commuter rail service to Wickford Junction Station, close to Route 4 in North Kingstown, is expected in 2012. When this station opens, trains will continue down to Wickford Junction from T.F. Green Station and provide service there.

Contact: Charles St. Martin (RIDOT) 401-222-1362 x4007 Rebecca Pazienza (RIAC) 401-691-2278

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