the rhode island transportation coalition for transportation choices
Invest to Improve Roads, Bridges and Sidewalks to Maximize Positive Impacts:
Investing in healthy, safe transportation choices enhances the economy as it pro¬vides roads and bridges in good repair and modern equipment for public transit. Transportation must have a dedicated, sufficient budget that is based on something other than slowly vanishing federal funding or an outmoded gas tax. Rhode Island needs to explore progressive, alternative funding streams to match the needs of its residents and businesses, which the CTC has done with its Transportation and Debt Reduction Act, which will be re-introduced at the 2012 session of the R.I. General Assembly − legislation that needs broad public support.
Assure that the Transit System Benefits Riders, Businesses and the Economy:
Rhode Island’s educational institutions, businesses, health care and social services, visitors, and most everyone who lives in the state relies upon public transit in one way or another. Moving our workers, students, and residents with better linkages to key destinations that get people where they want to go when they want to go is a critical element of an effective transit system.
Move From Planning to Action:
Speak Up! Rhode Island needs to take action on projects by moving from the planning stage to on-the-ground action. Recommendations are emerging from the RIPTA 5-Year Strategic Plan to achieve a wide range of multi-modal, convenient and attractive transportation choices that help accommodate economic growth and support communities.
Enhance Quality of Life and Safety in Local Communities:
The “Complete Streets” concept of local development helps unify communities. Walkable, bikeable places to live where shopping spots, health care and social services are easily accessible are a boon to residents. The Safe Routes to School Program provides a sense of security for children and families. Make sure your local officials are developing ways for your community to get involved in these improvement efforts.
Work Together for Integrated and More Efficient Transportation:
The CTC works with state agencies, regional planning groups and municipalities to lead the way for integrated systems to get residents to the destinations they desire, at the best times. Transit systems must meet evolving needs. Eyes must constantly be on the future, with ears open to new ideas for team planning efforts.
For more information, see www.rictc.org.