Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding
At the last advocacy meeting, Barry Shiller brought to our attention an upcoming Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. Due to deferred maintenance, past borrowing, a decision to build the IWay and more, RIDOT claims they need an additional $300 million per year. These hearings are to explain the situation and ask how we, the public, want to deal with this shortfall. Obviously, one of our concerns is the state will likely chop “discretionary” funding, including bike programs. here is a copy of the press release and the meeting dates:
Rhode Island, like many states across the nation, is facing a transportation funding crisis. That is why this past March, Governor Carcieri established the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding to explore the State’s current transportation funding structure.
Since its inception, the Panel has been reviewing the State’s transportation funding structure, funding needs, as well as future funding options. The Panel is now looking for public input and is therefore announcing four public meetings that will begin on Monday, September 15. The meetings, which will be held at 7 p.m., will provide the general public the opportunity to voice their opinions on the State’s current funding structure and offer suggestions for improvement.
The Blue Ribbon Panel Public Meeting schedule is as follows:
- Monday, September 15, 7 p.m., Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Flanagan Campus, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln.
- Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m., CCRI Newport County, One John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport.
- Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m., University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston.
- Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Rhode Island College (RIC), 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence.
We would encourage anyone who can to attenda local meeting and express your concern over the potential loss of funding for alternative transportation.